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All service groups report to Scottish Council in February, April and December each year. This is the most recent report.

SCOTTISH FURTHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT TO THE SCOTTISH COUNCIL 16 APRIL 2011

Cuts

The biggest issue in Further Education is the budget cuts. Further Education has been hit with a massive 10.4% reduction in budget. There are redundancies across most colleges and in many it is feared there will be compulsory redundancies. It is thought that up to a 1/3 of staff are at risk in some colleges.

Day of Action

The FE committee have organised lunchtime protests across Scotland's Colleges on the 30th of March.

Contact MSP

candidates We are running a letter writing campaign to MSP candidates explaining the importance of FE to Scotland's economy and trying to ensure that College budgets are not slashed again. Recruitment Leaflet At the time of writing this, we have applied for the FDO for funding for a new FE specific leaflet. If branches with colleges want any, please let us know.

Training Course

We are looking at running a 2 day training course in May aimed at new and existing reps in Further Education. This will include cuts training.

Newsletter

At the time of writing, we have applied to the FDO to direct mail all members in Further Education with newsletter. Its aim would be to keep our members up to date with what is happening in Scotland's Colleges and also to encourage more people to be active.

Survey

At the time of writing we are surveying all college employers about the budget to gather information about how they are managing the cuts.

EMMA PHILLIPS, KAREN DAWSON

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