Sian Gwenllian AM Education spokesperson for Plaid Cymru has this week pressed the Welsh Government for an update on its financial support for the further education sector in terms of staff pay and pensions. The urgent request was made on 18th September during the second Plenary session of the new Assembly term.
The call came as a result of her concerns that there have been no details released about additional funding for further education following announcements made by the UK Government on behalf of FE in England.
The Finance Minister, Rebecca Evans AM explained that the Welsh Government still only receives a one-year funding budget, in contrast to the position where colleges in England have received an indication of three-year funding. The Finance Minister stressed that this puts Wales at a disadvantage as it doesn’t allow government or colleges the ability to plan ahead. The Finance Minister claimed that the UK Government has a responsibility to adequately support the Welsh Government to fund FE pensions.
The Finance Minister Rebecca Evans AM confirmed that she is having regular discussions with the Education Minister on budget matters. ColegauCymru will continue to engage with the government and opposition AMs to press the case for full funding of any pension cost shortfall.
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