Tower Hamlets College joins forces with Newham and Redbridge to fight £3m cuts
- Credit: Archant
Three adult education colleges in east London face a shock £3 million in cuts in the next academic year, it has emerged.
Tower Hamlets College alone faces losing £1m, while Newham College is having £1.5m axed and Redbridge is getting £0.5m less.
Now all three colleges are in talks to set up a “federation” to create a stronger voice to lobby the government after the general election.
The colleges have 30,000 students enrolled, including 24,000 adult learners over 19.
They employ 1,366 tutors and administration staff between them.
You may also want to watch:
“We can’t rule out staff redundancies,” Tower Hamlets College Principal Jerry McDonald admitted to the East London Advertiser.
“But we’ll do all we can to avoid them—we need a stronger voice to protect adult education in east London.
- 1 The Queen lends her name to Royal London’s emergency Covid wards
- 2 Death of woman, 75, in Mile End fire could have been avoided
- 3 That's so raven: Everything you need to know about the guardians of the Tower
- 4 Police hunt after stabbing in Cable Street: One man hurt
- 5 Airbnb house party violence leaves police officer with broken finger
- 6 Tribute to 7th Barts Health Trust worker to die of Covid-19
- 7 Driver arrested after police 'drugs patrol' stops car in Whitechapel
- 8 Teenager found dead in Victoria Park
- 9 Doctors urge Tower Hamlets mayor to end support for Silvertown Tunnel
- 10 'We need laptops for lockdown children to learn from home’ Tower Hamlets mayor urges
“The prime reason for setting up a federation is to create that stronger voice.”
Mr McDonald addressed MPs during a Budget Day lobby at Westminster by college tutors and students last month.
Hundreds took part from all over London protesting at 24 per cent cuts to adult Further Education colleges.
The campaigners also held a protest rally in Westminster on March 25 and handed in a petition to 10 Downing Street with 16,000 names calling on the Prime Minister to reverse the cuts that campaigners say “will devastate adult education”.
Courses for students aged 16 to 18 at Tower Hamlets are unaffected by fund axing.
“That would be hotly contentious before a general election,” Mr McDonald observed.
“But it’s adult Further Education that’s going to suffer with a 14pc budget cut at our college. We expect to lose £1m funding next year.”
The tripartite federation of three colleges is being set up by August 1, constituted to collaborate on services and projects. The three college administrations will work together to manage next year’s £82m finances. This includes £21m for Tower Hamlets for 2016, which adds up to accumulated annual losses totalling £4m since 2010.
The ‘federation’ is intended to work “in the interests of students and college employers” who are facing “an unprecedented level of financial cuts”. Its aim is to protect front-line services for adults learning skills for new employment opportunities in east London.