College cuts warning

Local MSP Claire Baker has warned that college budget cuts could mean fewer young people in Fife will do further education, as youth unemployment continues to rise in the Kingdom.

Ms Baker, who is Scottish Labour’s Shadow Education Minister, set out her fears in the Scottish Parliament this week, after Finance Secretary John Swinney revealed he is slashing college funds by 13%.

The MSP also praised local colleges.

She said: “Last year, Fife’s colleges accepted a 10% cut.

“But make no mistake; this was a difficult cut to absorb. At some colleges it resulted in a reduced curriculum and redundancies.

“Unemployment continues to rise in Fife and I think we should all recognise the role that the Kingdom’s colleges are playing in addressing this problem.

“They have been quick to react and they have moved to provide options for school leavers.

“The SNP government is showing a complete lack of economic foresight that could see fewer young people in further education.”