Siddique says it’s time to stop the cuts

Cllr Soryia Siddique campaigns to stop FE College cuts
Cllr Soryia Siddique campaigns to stop FE College cuts

Southside Central Labour councillor Soryia Siddique has blasted the SNP for jeopardising young peoples life chances with cuts to FE Colleges.

The councillor, who herself is employed as a lecturer at Clyde College in the city, claims that due to the savage cuts overseen by the SNP government, that more than 140,000 further education places have been lost.

As a consequence of this she has now started a campaign to put an end to the constant attacks on college budgets, and calls for the SNP to invest in our youth instead.

Speaking to The Extra, Cllr Siddique said: “As a college lecturer I have seen the damage SNP cuts are doing to FE colleges - they are not only cutting the funding, they are cutting people’s life chances. it is documented that nearly seven million college learning hours have been cut.

There’s been a 40 per cent drop in the number of students enrolled in colleges with an astonishing 34,000 part time places lost in Glasgow’s colleges between 2008/9 and 2013/14. These aren’t my numbers, these are numbers coming from the Scottish Funding Council.”

A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “This Government has a strong track record on colleges and recognises that they are vital to Scotland’s success. We have invested significantly in colleges since 2007, and are providing resource funding of £526 million to the sector in 2015-16.

“We have not just met our commitment to maintain 116,000 FTE student places, but exceeded it by placing more emphasis on full-time courses that lead to employment.”