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Funding cuts to education service would be ‘huge blow’ to Somerset’s economy

PUBLISHED: 10:00 14 September 2017

Conservative candidate James Heappey. Picture: Eleanor Young

Conservative candidate James Heappey. Picture: Eleanor Young

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A ‘vital’ learning and traineeship service in Somerset has had its funding cut – and Somerset’s MPs are calling for the decision to reversed.

James Heappey – who is the MP for the Wells constituency, which includes Burnham, Highbridge, Cheddar and Axbridge – says the loss of Somerset Skills and Learning would be a ‘big blow’ to Somerset’s economy.

The organisation previously received £3.5million of financial support from the Education and Skills Funding Agency but this year got just £111,000.

Mr Heappey said: “Increasing the level of skills and education in our county is the foundation on which increased productivity and economic growth will be built.

“To lose the services would be a huge blow to our plans for Somerset’s economy.”

Somerset County Council leader David Fothergill will meet Skills Minister, Anne Milton, to discuss the impact the cuts will have.

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