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Unison survey highlights impact of FE cuts

Unison survey highlights impact of FE cuts

Union raises concern over what it calls ‘the devastating impact’ funding cuts are having on learners and staff at further education colleges all over England.

A new freedom of information survey, sent by Unison to all of the 248 further education colleges in England, reveals what the union calls “the devastating impact government funding cuts are having on learners and staff”.

More than 60% of respondents said they have had to close courses – from a-levels to part-time adult learning – as a result of budget cuts and changes to funding eligibility rules.

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Ed Exec | July 27th 2012

Hospitals and police paying for BMWs and Jaguars at time of austerity

Hospitals and police in Wales are splashing out millions on cars including swanky Jaguars and BMWs for staff while shedding hundreds of jobs and slashing services.

The spending has been slammed by a leading MP as an outrageous extravagance at a time when so many public sector posts are being axed.

Details released to WalesOnline through a Freedom of Information request show South Wales Police has spent around £300,000 on luxury cars including a Jaguar XF and a BMW E70 X5 for chief officers.

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Darren Devine | Wales Online | July 29th 2012

Library stalls on release of credit records

The Windsor Public Library should not be withholding the corporate credit card statements of its former CEO from the public, according to the city’s freedom of information co-ordinator.

“You can’t do that … it’s a corporate record, not a personal record,” said Chuck Scarpelli, the city’s manager of records and elections.

Delays in releasing information requested by The Windsor Star has triggered the curiosity of Mayor Eddie Francis, who had also requested in the spring that council get the same financial information. While the WPL is a separate public entity, the city provides almost all the library’s annual funding.

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Doug Schmidt | The Windsor Star | July 27th 2012

Keep research away from prying FoIs, say MPs

A cross-party group of MPs has recommended a change in the law to prevent unpublished research data being released under the Freedom of Information Act.

The exemption should be introduced to “protect ongoing research”, the Justice Committee said in a report, Post-Legislative Scrutiny of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, that was released yesterday.

Universities UK has been campaigning for such a change to the act on a number of grounds.

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David Matthews | Times Higher Education | July 27th 2012

Keeping track of football hooligans

VIOLENCE, vandalism and drunkenness are hitting the region’s transport networks on match days as figures reveal transport police are dealing with hundreds of incidents every year.

Alarming figures, uncovered by the Sunday Sun, show that 700 incidents on trains in the region in the the last three years were linked by police to football.

And in that time 544 people were arrested by British Transport Police, our Freedom of Information request showed.

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Rachel Wearmouth | The Sunday Sun | July 29th 2012

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