SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has challenged political opponents to back the Scottish Government’s draft budget that plans to increase spending on colleges by £18.3 million over the coming year.
The proposal, set out in the Scottish Government’s draft budget plans for 2019/20, will take investment in Scotland’s colleges to over £606 million.
The MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde has called on his parliamentary colleagues across Inverclyde to back the Finance Secretary’s plans to secure “substantial” funding for the area.
MSPs will vote on the plans next month.
Commenting, Mr McMillan said:
“With spending on Scotland’s colleges set to rise by over £600 million, the Finance Secretary’s budget proposals for the year will come as great news for West College Scotland’s Greenock campus and other institutions across the country.
“I am calling on local politicians from across the chamber to get behind the plans to secure substantial funding for all of Scotland’s colleges and universities.”
Chief Executive of Colleges Scotland, Shona Struthers, said:
“There are elements of the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget that the college sector can welcome given that the revenue resource budget for colleges has increased by £18.3 million to £606.5 million – a real terms increase of 1.3%. It is good news, for example, that the financing of National Bargaining is continuing as this significant investment in lecturing and support staff is essential for colleges and there is also the continuation of the £10 million investment for the Flexible Workforce Development Fund.”