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Press release - Paul Blomfield MP warns of threat to Sheffield adult education and training

Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield today warned that thousands of local people would lose out on the education and training that they need if the Government pressed ahead with further cuts to adult skills funding.

Speaking today at a Parliamentary lobby in the House of Commons, Paul said

“We've seen a 30% cut in the adult skills budget since 2010, to be followed by a further 24% cut in the year ahead” and warned that the £2.1million cut in Sheffield College's adult education budget would mean that “thousands of adults in our city region will lose out on the education and training that they need, and that we need them to have to grow the local economy.”

He told the packed meeting in Westminster that “Sheffield College has a long and great tradition of high quality adult education and, even in the face of repeated funding cuts, continues to provide educational opportunities for the thousands of adult learners in Sheffield who wish to improve their skills each year”.  

But he warned that continued funding cuts would “leave too many adults in Sheffield and across the country without the routes into education that they so desperately need.”

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