Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson saddened Tory-Lib Dem cut

Bill Esterson

 

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said he was saddened but not shocked that adult courses at Formby College are to be axed as a result of Tory-Lib Dem Government cuts.

Southport College has announced that adult courses at its Formby College campus are to close.

A spokesman for the college said it was "a direct result of a significant national cut to adult education budgets for colleges by the government".

Bill, who sits on the parliamentary education committee, said the closure of Formby College shows the Tory-Lib Dem betrayal of people who are in education and seeking employment.

Bill said: "This announcement is devastating for the many people at the college or who are intending to join courses there.

"There is no fudging the fact that this closure is a direct result of this Tory-Lib Dem Government assault on the education system in this country. They aren't just attacking the education of younger school-age people, but of older people - many of whom are specifically aiming to get new skills and training to enhance their chances of employment.

"This government is pulling the rug away from people who are seeking employment."

Bill said he was now contacting the college for further information about the closure.

Bill said: "I have no doubt that the college has done all it can to safeguard the courses at Formby site, but they have been put in an impossible position by the slash and burn agenda of this Tory-Lib Dem Government.

"But now I have some very serious questions about what lies in store for the future of the staff who are employed at the Formby campus, and what lies in store for the future of the site itself.

"I am sure there will be a lot of people who will be left upset by this announcement. I will do all I can to help anyone who approaches me.

"And I will be seeking answers from Southport College, while also raising this very sad closure directly with the government in parliament and also with the education committee."