In the run-up to the election in May, The Guardian are running a series of question and answer sessions with key political spokespeople. Tristram Hunt, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Education, was asked about his party’s response to the adult education funding cuts.
You can read his response below.
Will a Labour government reverse the decision to cut the English adult further education budget for 2015/16 by 24%? These cuts will deny millions of the most vulnerable adults an opportunity to improve their education, and put thousands of FE jobs at risk.
Joel Petrie, lecturer, City of Liverpool college
This goes beyond my Department for Education brief but the basic point is that the Tories are planning £70bn of extreme spending cuts across the next parliament. Because Labour is balancing the books in a fair and balanced way we will be able to offer a better deal for adult further education. What is more, we are protecting the 16-19 element of education funding.