Lecturers lobby MPs over ‘devastating’ 24pc cuts to adult Further Education

Protester against adult education cuts

Protester against adult education cuts - Credit: Archant

Lecturers and students from adult education colleges across London are lobbying MPs at Parliament this-morning (Weds) over cuts to adult Further Education.

First protest at Further Education cuts in east London... back in 2010

First protest at Further Education cuts in east London... back in 2010 - Credit: Archant

Campaigners leave from Tower Hamlets College in Poplar at 11am and its Stepney campus at 11.20am and from Hackney College in Shoreditch to lobby against 24 per cent cuts planned in non-apprenticeship adult education budgets.

They are joined by protesters from colleges all over the country which have been facing cuts year-on-year since 2010.

The east London lecturers are meeting East End MPs Jim Fitzpatrick and Rushanara Ali before the campaigners hold talks with the Skills Funding Agency to explain the effects of slashing education budgets.

The campaigners also plan a protest rally in Westminster on March 25 to hand in a petition to 10 Downing Street, organised by the Association of Colleges, with 16,000 names. The petition calls on the Prime Minister to reverse the 24pc cuts that the association fears “will devastate adult education” in Britain, which has already lost a million learners since 2010.

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