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Overview

Given the budget cuts announced following the June Monitoring Round and the impending future cuts, Colleges NI, is lobbying on behalf of the FE Sector to prevent these significant future cuts.


Lobbying activities to date:

Press release on Voluntary Exit Scheme issued Thur 26th March 2015
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-32069689
http://www.newtownabbeytoday.co.uk/news/local-news/fears-for-future-of-nrc-art-courses-in-larne-1-6635296
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-32037857


Press release on agreed 2015/16 FE budget cuts issued mid Feb 2015
CNI Press Release 2015-16 Budget Cuts - Feb 2015.pdf


Press Release on Agreed Budget issued 19 January 2015

CNI responds to the NI Executive’s agreed 2015-16 Budget (19 Jan 2015).pdf

CNI Consultation responses to budget consultation submitted Dec 2014

A copy of the Draft Budget announced by Minister Hamilton is available at: http://www.dfpni.gov.uk/budget2015-16-dfp-consultation-paper.pdf.  Colleges NI submitted responses to the NI Executive, DEL, DE, DETI and DCAL.  Copies are attached below.
CNI responds to the NI Executive’s agreed 2015-16 Budget (19 Jan 2015).pdf
CNI repsonse to DEL Draft Budget 2015-16.pdf
CNI repsonse to DETI Draft Budget 2015-16.pdf
CNI repsonse to DCAL Draft Budget 2015-16.pdf
For a copy of the DE response - please contact Karen Lennon (File too large to upload via website)

Press articles

  • Irish News (August 2014) 'Education cuts will harm the most vulnerable'  Irish News 5 Aug 'Education Cuts'.pdf
  • A lobbying letter issued to all MLAs, MPs, MEPs in NI as well to local Councillors.  This letter outlines what the cuts could mean in terms of future levels of provision across the sector (Sep 2014)
  • Belfast Telegraph (11 Oct 2014) 'Colleges warn of massive job losses over cuts'  http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/colleges-warn-of-massive-job-losses-over-cuts-30654529.html
  • Employment and Learning Committee presentation (15 Oct 2014) http://data.niassembly.gov.uk/HansardXml/committee-10052.pdf (See Page 6 onwards - as first part of presentation was on Hardship Funds
  • Lobby letter issued to First Minister and Deputy First Minister setting out the impacts of the cuts and requesting a meeting (27 Oct 2014)
  • Press release around need to protect all 16-19 year olds in education and training (29 Oct 2014)  http://www.collegesni.ac.uk/Colleges-NI-News-Item.aspx?id=182
  • Agenda NI (Nov 2014) 'FE - Cuts are unsustainable'  http://www.agendani.com/further-education-cuts-are-unsustainable/
  • Colleges NI quoted in BBC NI article on budget cuts http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-29823684
  • Business First (November / December 2014) 'Further education cuts will reduce our ability to support economic growth'  (Page 48)
  • Press release (5 Dec 2014) Concerns persist regarding devastating to Further Education provision http://www.businessfirstonline.co.uk/other-articles/fe-college-student-clicks-success-future-students-business-awards/


Media interviews
  • BBC Radio Ulster’s Talkback (10 Oct) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04j9yj9 [31 mins in] 
  • BBC NI Evening Extra (15 Oct)    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04kfn2g. [51 mins in]
     Coverage following our presentation to the Employment and Learning Committee.
  • BBC Radio Ulster's Talkback  (3 Oct) Impact of cuts - in terms of economy, learning and FE staff.
  • BBC Radio Ulster interview (5 Nov) Gerry Campbell discusses the impacts of the 11% cuts to DEL (1 hour 8 mins in) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04mp9nk
  • BBC Radio Foyle interview (5 Nov) Gerry Campbell discusses the impacts of the 11% cuts to DEL 
  • BBC Good Morning Ulster Interview (5 Dec) Gerry Campbell discusses the impacts of the cuts in light of the DEL Budget Consultation Document launched 4 December  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04p2nsg (1 hour 40 mins)
  • BBC Radio Folye Interview (5 Dec) Gerry Campbell discusses the impacts of the cuts in light of the DEL Budget Consultation Document launched 4 December

Ongoing communications activities
  • Roundtable discussions with business stakeholder groups
  • Lobbying politicians (e.g. Party Conference, roundtable discussions, one to one meetings)


All media / press queries to Colleges should be sent on to Gerry Campbell or Karen Lennon at Colleges NI.