On December 10th The Education Funding Agency (EFA) announced a 17.5 per cent cut to funding for 18 year old learners in 2014/15. They stated that the cut was necessary in order to contribute to the overall public sector deficit.
The cut, due to take effect in September 2014, will see national funding rates for 18 year-olds set at £3 300.
In response we have written to Matthew Hancock MP, opposing the decision. NUS' letter cites research conducted by the Association of Colleges (AOC) which suggests that the budget cuts will disproportionately hit learners from disadvantaged areas, studying vocational subjects. The AOC's research also disproves many of the EFA's assertions about who will be affected by the cut. The AOC's research shows that 22 per cent of 16- 18 year olds in colleges are 18 years old, not 'less than 1 in 5' as stated by the EFA.
In support of the AOC's findings we are calling on the Government to immediately withdraw this proposal.
You can read the letter here.