Dr Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Industry and Skills, visited Long Road Sixth Form College yesterday with Julian Huppert, MP for Cambridge.
Dr Cable met Christine Sherwin, College Principal, to discuss the unfair funding structure which means that sixth form colleges have to pay VAT whilst schools with sixth forms do not. In addition, schools are protected from funding cuts whereas colleges are not. He vowed to take Christine’s message back to government, saying:
“I will explain to them that there is a serious problem here. It is precisely because it is a specialist corner of school provision that it has been overlooked, and they do need to have a very careful look at it because we don’t want to
have these elements of unfairness in the funding system.”
Principal Chris Sherwin commented: “I would like to thank Julian Huppert for his ongoing support for Long Road Sixth Form College and other Cambridgeshire schools and Colleges. He has brought the matter of the relatively poor level of funding in Cambridgeshire schools and of the funding issues in sixth form and FE colleges to the attention of his parliamentary colleagues on numerous occasions, in particular the unfairness of our having to pay VAT, which schools and academies do not pay. We are grateful that he took the opportunity to invite Vince Cable to the College, to see for himself the excellent support our students receive from our very committed staff, despite the funding challenges. We are very much hoping that a fairer funding regime for sixth form colleges will be put in place by the next government.”
Read the full story in the Cambridge News:
Photo: Vince Cable (centre, wearing a purple tie) with Julian Huppert, senior College staff Christine Sherwin, Heather Chambers and Steve Dann, Vice Chair of Governors Charles Brown and A level Politics students
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