Redundancy fears as Leeds City College plans for funding cuts

UNION officials are warning that Leeds City College is faced with making cuts of more than £10m prompting fears of significant redundancies.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 22nd April 2015, 8:03 pm

Julie Kelley, the Yorkshire official of the UCU said staff were being told of plans over three days this week.

She said: “We have been told that they are having to find savings of £9m from September and another £1.8m after that.”

She said the union was now braced for a raft of redundancies and that it was expected that the college would open up voluntary redundancy.

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The college confirmed that it was holding briefings with staff about its business planning for 2015 in light of a “large decrease in funding.”

Mrs Kelley said the college was considering closing its smaller community venues.

She said the cuts were being made because of major cuts to in non-apprenticeship adult skills budget and a reduction in 16-18 year old learner funding.

A statement from the college said: “Leeds City College has in recent years made significant changes to help sustain its financial viability and growth for the future.

“On-going reductions in public sector spending has meant the college has had to continuously review its business operations and evolve to meet the needs of a changing and challenging environment in a climate of continued government funding reductions, while meeting a requirement to provide an enhanced, inspirational learning environment for students. In 2015, Leeds City College is again faced with a large decrease in funding and is this week (from the afternoon of Wednesday) holding briefings with staff with regards to a review of its business planning.

“The college cannot comment further on any specific issue or outcome until staff have been fully briefed.”