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Budget: “Education is number one priority”

Scottish Parliament Chamber

15 Dec 2016

The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution, Derek Mackay, has said that the Scottish Government is prioritising education and that next year’s budget provides the resources to match.

The budget for universities is retained at similar levels to the current year while colleges will receive a £20m uplift to support their running costs.

In his statement to the Scottish Parliament Mr Mackay also announced that £221m will be committed to interventions that support skills, training and employment.

Welcoming today’s Draft Budget Statement and its commitment to prioritise education, SFC Interim Chief Executive, John Kemp, said: “Today’s figures means that Scotland’s learners will continue to benefit from a progressive and increasingly integrated college and university system. I am particularly pleased about the place of widening access and Scottish Innovation Centres in the Draft Budget and its recognition of skills and research as drivers of our future economy.”

The Full Draft Scottish Budget 2017-18 can be viewed on the Scottish Government website.