Ministers under fire after U-turn on higher education funds
The move, which emerged amid rising fears about the impact of the spending squeeze on the sector, was branded “completely inexplicable” and a “total betrayal”. Opposition MSPs demanded ministers “urgently” explain the decision to parliament.
In December, Deputy First Minister John Swinney had announced £26 million (US$33 million) for colleges and £20 million for universities. Universities and colleges had been awaiting the £46 million promised in the budget, but concerns had been growing in private amid a lack of detail from the government about when it would arrive and what it was to be used for.
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