Emergency funding for Somerset education service

PUBLISHED: 11:00 07 October 2017

A Somerset education service, which was at risk of closure due to Government cuts, has been handed a lifeline of emergency funding of more than £2million.

The Mercury reported last week Somerset Skills and Learning (SS&L), which provides adult education courses, previously received £3.5million of financial support from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) but this year got £111,000.

Somerset MPs – including Wells MP James Heappey – immediately called for the decision to be reversed.

SS&L chief executive, Susie Simon-Norris, said while it is welcome it is not a long-term solution.

She added: “We’re relieved the ESFA has been able to find some additional funding, however, we need to remember this is a transitional sum for this academic year. We will need to address the shortfall in funding this year, but also prepare for future years.”

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