Exactly one week after the official opening of West Lancashire College, MP Rosie Cooper used her Prime Ministers Question to ask why the Government had made no progress on addressing the £4 million funding shortfall they created by the decision to close the regional development agencies.
£4 million had been committed by the North West Development Agency to support the brand new state of the art £42 million college campus in Skelmersdale. The Conservative-led Government then took the decision to scrap the regional development agencies and froze their budgets. West Lancashire College was a victim of this decision. Rosie has previously raised this issue with David Cameron on the 15th September 2010.
MP Rosie said:
“It was rather appropriate that following the official opening of West Lancashire College that I got a Prime Ministers Question. I mentioned in my speech at the college that I’d not forgotten about the £4 million the college is still outstanding.
“Since I raised the loss of the £4 million I’ve had meetings with the Further Education Minister, John Hayes, in his Department and he has visited the college sit in Skelmersdale. Despite all the warm words and his video message of support for the official opening, there is still no sign that the £4 million funding shortfall being dealt with.
“As far as I am concerned this money was promised to the college and it was the Conservative-led Government’s decision that took it away.
“I will continue to raise the loss of the £4 million at every opportunity. The Government needs to know that I am not going to let this issue slip off quietly into the night.”