Funding cuts to education service would be ‘huge blow’ to Somerset’s economy
PUBLISHED: 10:00 14 September 2017
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.