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Dunstable College protests as funding is slashed

Issue No. 1954

.;n¬.º¬rers at Dunstable College in Bedfordshire picketed a meeting of the local Learning and Skills Council last week to protest at a £300,000 cut in funding.

Within Bedfordshire as a whole, adult education provision is being reduced by 16 percent.

Ged Peck is a member of the lecturers’ Natfhe union branch committee at Dunstable college.

He said, “We now know that education secretary Ruth Kelly is axing 200,000 adult education places nationwide and blaming the colleges.

“This will affect the most disadvantaged adults who are in need of education.

“It’s a total disgrace and gives the lie to anyone who thought New Labour would be any different this time around.”

The dire situation at Dunstable means college management agreed to close courses for the afternoon of the protest so that staff could attend it.

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Sat 4 Jun 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1954
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