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COUNCIL CUTS THREATEN FE COLLEGES

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Council cuts to transport budgets and discretionary awards are threatening the future of some further education col...
Council cuts to transport budgets and discretionary awards are threatening the future of some further education colleges, reports the Times Educational Supplement (p25).

An Association of Colleges survey had found that colleges are spending between£10m and£15m on student support on top of access funds. Colleges spent an average of£32,000 on assisting students and used substantial amounts of European aid.

'Many local authorities have introduced increasingly stringent policies on transport for those over 16, which in many cases has meant students are being called on to make a substantial contribution towards costs, or in some cases has resulted in support being withdrawn altogether,' says the report.
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