Joe Cullinane

Scottish Labour Councillor for Kilwinning

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Almost £50million spent on college redundancies rather than college education

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Figures released by Audit Scotland have revealed that the SNP Scottish Government has spent £46.6million on redundancy payments to college staff.

The report also confirmed that due to funding cuts there has been 140,000 college places cut in recent years. 

Labour Councillor Joe Cullinane, who has campaigned against college cuts, said, 

“With each publication of new statistics the SNP’s record on colleges becomes worse.” 

“No wonder 140,000 college places have been cut when £46.6million has been invested on redundancy packages rather than education. This is before you take on board the SNP’s decision to slash college budgets and forcing through largely unwanted mergers.” 

"Spending almost £50m on redundancy payments to senior managers at a time when the Scottish Government have slashed student support grants for some of the most deprived College students with many students having to drop out of education due to a lack of financial support is disgraceful'  

“During the General Election our new SNP MP’s tried to defend their record on colleges by claiming that the 140,000 places that have been cut were all “low quality” courses. What nonsense. College places create opportunities for people and in an area with high unemployment and deprivation I will always stand up against damaging cuts.”

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