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Scott: SNP discouraging scrutiny of damage it has done to Colleges

September 4, 2017 10:00 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Responding to reports showing the SNP Government lobbied Audit Scotland to remove a reference to the 41% drop in student headcount since they came to power, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:

"Auditors will be well used to the Scottish Government's 'factchecking' straying into attempts to whitewash and it is essential that they are wise to this threat.

"It is little wonder that the SNP Government is keen on discouraging scrutiny of the damage it has done to the college sector throughout the last decade.

"Scottish Liberal Democrats have consistently argued that £93 million in cuts to college budgets and the loss of 150,000 places have devastated further education. They have fallen particularly heavily on mature students, women and others more likely to study part time.

"As part of a £500 million additional investment in education, Scottish Liberal Democrats would return college funding to record levels, giving the economy the skills it needs and enabling everyone to get on in life."