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Chancellor's spending statement more 'frantic electioneering than funding commitment'

4 September 2019 | last updated: 25 September 2019

Commenting on the chancellor's spending round statement, UCU general secretary Jo Grady said:

'Today's rushed spending round appears more like frantic electioneering than a long-term commitment to boosting further and higher education. The funding promised to further education will do little to reverse the cuts of over £3bn in real terms that have blighted the sector over the last decade.

'The fact that an additional £2.1bn has been committed to planning for a no-deal Brexit compared to just £400m for further education shows where this government's priorities really lie.'