FE sector takes petition to No. 10

26th June 2015

Speaking at the handing-over of the joint-petition over concerns about the cuts to the FE Budget today at Number 10, Downing Street, David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, said:

“I was pleased to be asked to be part of the group handing in the FE cuts petition to 10 Downing Street today. It is an important part of our democracy that the deeply-felt concerns of thousands of citizens can be recognised in this way. Like those thousands, I am appalled at the prospects of even further cuts to lifelong learning because every cut means more opportunities lost for people to enhance their life chances, support their family and community and to support a more productive economy.

“Further Education provides so much to support this Government’s ambitions for a more productive country which supports social mobility. A healthy and vibrant FE sector with proper investment is vital if the Government is to hit its manifesto commitments, including 3m apprenticeships, halving the disability employment gap and reducing immigration.”