Labour’s parliamentary for Harlow, Suzy Stride, has hit out against the ‘appalling and despicable’ cuts announced by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which directly impact Harlow College.
The Conservative-led government has announced a huge cut to adult further education funding in England, with a grant reduction of 25% for the 2015-16 academic year.
For Harlow College, this represents a reduction of around £1,200,000 on the current year’s allocation. A cut in this size means Harlow College may be forced to let down around 1,200 adult learners as well as their current and future employers. The government cuts directly affect the college’s budget, which supports the training of around 4,500 adults each year. Although Harlow College had proven resilient again and again, this cut to funding is a major blow.
Suzy Stride has met with the Principle Karen Spencer and others to discuss the cuts in person and will be writing to Harlow’s Conservative MP, Robert Halfon, demanding an explanation and calling for a reversal to the cut.
Suzy Stride, Labour’s candidate for MP, said:
“Harlow College is at the centre of our community—training thousands, instilling skills, imparting knowledge, opening doors of opportunity and benefiting individual and community alike. These cuts would be devastating and they will totally undermine the commitment that all political parties have to provide better skills for young people to tackle low pay and the skills shortage. Our Tory MP needs to stop talking and start acting on these issues crucial to the future of our town.”