Liberal Democrats give their backing to Cumbernauld College
Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 22:41 GMT on Tuesday 5th March, 2013.
THE Scottish Liberal Democrats have given their backing to Cumbernauld College, on a visit to the institution’s Kirkintilloch campus, last month.

Liberal Democract MP for East Dunbartonshire, Jo Swinson and Scottish Liberal Democrat Party Leader Willie Rennie MSP gave their backing to the Kirkintilloch Campus of Cumbernauld College on a visit last month.

Whilst on their visit, Jo Swinson and Willie Rennie meet senior staff at Cumbernauld College.

They visited the campus to discuss the effect of the Scottish Government’s £34.6 million cut to the college budget. Ahead of the final budget debate in Holyrood, in which Mr Rennie stressed the importance on maintaining college funding at a time when so many young people across Scotland remain out of work.

Commenting after the visit Jo Swinson said: “Kirkintilloch Campus provides first class local learning for young and old to give them the skills for life and work. I was impressed by what I heard and saw at the facility. In times of economic difficulty it’s important we have local colleges that people are able to access easily.”

Mr Rennie said: “Kirkintilloch Campus serves a crucial link in the local community, enabling more young people to gain the skills they need to get on in life. Scottish Liberal Democrats share the concerns of students and college staff in Cumbernauld and across Scotland that a further £34.6 million cut to local college budgets could have damaging consequences.

“The Education Secretary must listen closely to college staff and students ahead of its merger with Motherwell College. Particularly issues around increased travel and the financial burden attached to that.

“We will continue to urge the SNP government to reverse these cuts during the final debate of the budget this week.

“We need more resources to equip people with the skills for work. I was impressed by the work at the Kirkintilloch Campus. It’s got a good future.”

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