Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Dudley MP calls for investment in further education

Dudley MP Ian Austin is supporting the Raise the Rate campaign to raise the further education funding rate for 16 to 18 year olds.

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Since 2010, education funding for 16 to 18 year olds has been cut sharply, costs have risen significantly, the needs of students have become more complex and government has demanded much more of colleges and schools both in Dudley and across the country.

Recent research from London Economics found that in real terms, sixth form colleges received £1,380 less per student in 2016/17 than they did in 2010/11 – a 22% decline in funding.

Austin is calling on the Government to raise the further education funding rate to £4,760 per student so that young people pursuing further education get the support they need.

Ian Austin said:

“I’m always saying that we need to make education and skills our number one priority to help local businesses grow, give youngsters a first class start and help adults get new jobs too.

“We’ve got some fantastic local colleges in the Black Country like Dudley and King Ed’s and I want to make sure that both the staff and the students are properly supported to do the best they can.

“That’s why I’m calling on the Government to raise the further education funding rate to £4,760 per student so that young people pursuing further education get the support they need.“

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