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Loss of skills minister not good for further education, says UCU

30 July 2019 | last updated: 1 August 2019

UCU has said it does not believe axing the skills minister is a positive move.

The union was responding to news that former skills minister Anne Milton will not be replaced and that new education secretary Gavin Williamson will personally take on the skills brief. The new administration has appointed ministers to fill the schools and universities briefs. Last week Boris Johnson said further education was a priority.

UCU acting general secretary Paul Cottrell said: 'We have gone from having a minister for skills last week to not having one now, unlike universities and schools who have kept theirs.

'We shall have to wait and see if commitments from Boris Johnson in the leadership campaign translate into proper funding. We do not believe losing the dedicated skills minister is a positive step for further education or suggests the sector is held in high regard by the new administration.'