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Further Education Colleges in funding crisis.

Further Education Colleges in funding crisis.

Amid rising concern about the numbers of further education colleges needing emergency government bailouts, new analysis shows how far their budgets have been squeezed.

The money allocated for 16 to 18-year-old college students has dropped 8% since 2010, says a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Last year £57m of emergency funding was provided to help colleges in England. 

Ministers say they will protect further education until 2019-20 in cash terms.

Luke Sibieta, co-author of the report, said further education colleges had been left doubly exposed by the drop in 16-to-18 funding coinciding with a huge fall in over-19s taking courses - and a consequent reduction in income from the government.

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