The Government have responded positively to the lobbying efforts of Kingston’s Executive Member for Children and Young People’s Services. On Wednesday, 22 April the Chancellor announced he would be plugging the budget shortfall left after the LSC’s “funding fiasco” last month.
Liberal Democrat Councillor Patricia Bamford announced: “Last month, the Learning and Skills Council slashed its expected funding arrangements for sixth form classes and colleges.
“I was outraged about the damage about to be done to post-16 education the Borough. £226,000 would have wiped off the budget, leaving schools and colleges vulnerable to cuts in staff numbers and set curriculums.
“I wrote to the Chancellor and Schools Secretary strongly outlining my concerns.”
She added: “I am delighted that the Chancellor’s decision will mean that every 16 and 17 year old expected to start Further Education in September will now have their study properly funded.”