Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

28/04/09 MP PUTS SKEM COLLEGE CASE TO GOVERNMENT MINISTER

MP Rosie Cooper put the case for the new Skelmersdale College building to Government Minister Ed Balls yesterday in Parliament.

There has been uncertainty for similar schemes across the country after serious failings within the Learning and Skills Council, after they gave financial commitments for more schemes than they had funding for.

This led the Government to step-in. An independent review of the scheme is being undertaken by Sir Andrew Foster. There will now be a period of consultation in which all the schemes will be prioritised. Needs-based criteria will be used to make these decisions.

An additional £300 million for the Building Colleges for the Future scheme was announced in the budget to support the plans which already had £2.3 billion of Government investment to help rebuild colleges between 2007 and 2010.

MP Rosie said:

“Skelmersdale College’s plans for a new state of the art educational facility are vital for West Lancashire; and is also a key element in the regeneration in Skelmersdale. I am campaigning hard for this project to be prioritised. The current facilities do not match our ambitions for local young people. Those going into further education deserve to have the best possible facilities and opportunities.”

Rosie has also met with Ministers in the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills to discuss Skelmersdale College’s situation.

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