College cuts cast long shadow over sector

Scottish Liberal Democrats have warned that the SNP's legacy of college cuts has 'cast a long shadow' over the sector.

A damning UNISON report published today has revealed that over six in 10 staff believe college services have declined as a result of SNP cuts. A staggering 90 percent of staff believe colleges are underfunded. 

Commenting, Scottish Lib Dem education spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

"This damning report, which highlights the views of college lecturers and staff, does not make for good reading for the SNP Government. It will confirm to many college students what they already know: that their college is struggling to cope with SNP demands.

"The SNP's legacy of college cuts has cast a long shadow over the sector. Part time places have been slashed, services have been reduced and changes to bursaries have made it even harder for people to get on in the world.

"My concern is that the longer this continues, the harder it will be to repair the damage. Ministers must listen to the views of college staff. They must tell students what they are going to do to address the serious problems identified in this report."

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