TES: ‘We #loveFE’: sector unites in cuts protest

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The TES have reported on the unprecedented unity that has arisen across the sector in the face of the government’s planned cuts to the adult learning budget, with support from over 20 sector bodies including trade unions, professional associations and college groups.


‘We #loveFE’: sector unites in cuts protest

Darren Evans | TES | 10 April 2015

Petition started by UCU attracts more than 31,000 signatures

In an unprecedented show of solidarity, the further education sector in England has come together in an attempt to save adult education from government funding cuts.

More than 31,000 people in the past month have signed a petition calling for a planned cut of 24 per cent to the adult skills budget to be scrapped (see fefunding.org.uk).

The petition, thought to be the largest ever mounted by the sector, was started by the University and College Union (UCU) but has been backed by 20 other sector bodies including trade unions, professional associations and college groups.

The campaign’s #loveFE hashtag has also gained a large following on Twitter: analysis shows it has been seen on more than 1.1 million devices… [read more]