Adult Skills Funding

Hundreds of tutors and students lobbied MPs at Westminster recently in protest at 24 per cent cuts to adult Further Education colleges.  At the lobby, Mr Hepburn met with Louise Peart, from Hebburn, who is a lecturer at Newcastle College, and the Jarrow MP fully understood her concerns.   

The Westminster lobby came at a time when South Tyneside College announced plans to axe up to 17 jobs to meet a £1.2 million funding shortfall. 

The Government’s funding announcement in February this year of a 24 per cent cut to the college funding budget for learners that are over 19 came on the back of a 35 per cent cut since 2010.   

The Jarrow MP said: 

“It was a pleasure to meet with Louise on her visit to London to discuss this hugely important issue which affects many people who live in South Tyneside.   

“We've seen a 30% cut in the adult skills budget since 2010, to be followed by a further 24% cut in the year ahead and these cuts would mean that thousands of adults in our area will lose out on the education and training that they need. 

“South Tyneside has a long and great tradition of high quality adult education and, even in the face of repeated funding cuts to institutions such as South Tyneside College, continues to provide educational opportunities for the thousands of adult learners in the area who wish to improve their skills each year.”  

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Stephen Hepburn has served the Jarrow Constituency as MP since 1997.

He was last elected to serve in June 2017 and won the seat with a conclusive 17,263 majority.

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