Business Secretary, Vince Cable will be at Cambridge’s Long Road Sixth Form College tomorrow (Thursday, November 13) to find out more about the campaign for fairer funding.
Dr Cable will be joined by Cambridge MP, Julian Huppert who has been lobbying Parliament for a better deal for the college and the city’s Hills Road Sixth Form College and Cambridge Regional College.
Julian, a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Sixth Form Colleges established to protect the future of colleges nationwide fears funding cuts to education for 18-year-olds will have a significant impact on disadvantaged students. These students receive significantly less funding than 16 and 17-year-olds.
And unlike schools with sixth form classes, the colleges also suffer because they have to pay VAT on materials and services.
He said: “I am delighted that Vince could find time in his schedule to come to Cambridge to see first-hand the work that is taking place at this excellent college and how staff are doing a first-rate job against difficult cuts in funding.
“I am worried that these cuts will impact on the number of options available for young people and particularly affect those who need support to progress further. We should be investing in our young people making sure they all have the same opportunities and we know that those from disadvantaged backgrounds struggle.
“I don’t want to run the risk that young people will not achieve their potential because of these funding cuts. Our young people are the workforce of the future and we owe it to them to give them the best start we can.”
Dr Cable said: "I am looking forward to being back in Cambridge and visiting Long Road Sixth Form College.
"The college achieves excellent results for its pupils but clearly there are concerns over funding. I will be listening closely to any concerns the staff may have and taking them back to the government."