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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-13819: Alexander Stewart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it can take to ensure that further education (a) courses and (b) student numbers can be maintained, and what analysis it has carried out on the impact on this of the reported reductions in college budgets.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 26 January 2018

This government has a strong track record on colleges - over the last Parliament, we maintained 116,000 full-time equivalent college places.

We will continue this commitment, concentrating learning on recognised qualifications.

In 2018-19 we will deliver a real-terms increase in funding for colleges of 9.4%. Our commitment to college funding is illustrated by an allocation of over £7 billion of investment (resource and capital) in colleges since 2007.