The Labour Party manifesto pledges to Raise the Rate - 21st November 2019Back
21st November 2019
In response to the release of the Labour Party's manifesto, James Kewin, Deputy Chief Executive of the Sixth Form Colleges Association said:
“The Labour Party manifesto makes a very welcome commitment to Raise the Rate of funding for sixth form students and provide dedicated capital funding to expand provision – two of the recommendations in the SFCA election manifesto . As young people are now required to participate in education or training until the age of 18, there is no justification for the sharp reduction in education funding at the age of 16. Labour is also right to prioritise a capital expansion fund - we estimate an additional 260,000 16 to 18 years will be participating in education by 2028 - so preparing for this demographic increase is a sensible step. The combination of additional revenue and capital funding alongside an improved student support offer will be welcomed by our sector”.