Early day motion 897

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SUPPORT FOR SIXTH FORM COLLEGES

That this House believes in the excellent contribution made by sixth form colleges in providing students with a wide range of courses, subjects and an atmosphere akin to that of a university; emphasises the view of the National Audit Office that sixth form colleges are the most successful and cost-effective providers of post-16 education; urges the Government to end the present discrimination against colleges in favour of sixth forms in schools; feels that colleges and school sixth forms should be put on an equal funding basis by the Government reversing its decision to withhold the VAT rebate proposed from colleges and by restoring the cuts which have been made to tutorial and support funding, to enrichment and careers education, as well as the cuts in the overall funding for students over 16 and, now the proposed 17.5 per cent reduction in funding for students aged 18; further emphasises that this vulnerable group of 18 year olds is in a critical year of transition and includes students who have lost time through illness, a change in career plans, students who have had to repeat their level 2 qualifications and students who have been excluded from sixth forms in schools; and points out that the Government's pledge not to cut education budgets is not being honoured by these cuts.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Bottomley, Peter Conservative Party Worthing West 06.01.2014
Campbell, Ronnie Labour Party Blyth Valley 28.01.2014
Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 07.01.2014
Cooper, Rosie Labour Party West Lancashire 03.02.2014
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 19.12.2013
Crausby, David Labour Party Bolton North East 21.01.2014
Cunningham, Jim Labour Party Coventry South 19.12.2013
Dobbin, Jim Labour Party Heywood and Middleton 06.01.2014
Galloway, George Respect Bradford West 05.02.2014
Gilbert, Stephen Liberal Democrats St Austell and Newquay 29.01.2014
Godsiff, Roger Labour Party Birmingham Hall Green 08.01.2014
Hancock, Mike INDEPENDENT Portsmouth South 07.01.2014
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 19.12.2013
Leech, John Liberal Democrats Manchester Withington 13.01.2014
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 06.01.2014
McDonnell, John Labour Party Hayes and Harlington 19.12.2013
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 07.01.2014
Mitchell, Austin Labour Party Great Grimsby 18.12.2013
Qureshi, Yasmin Labour Party Bolton South East 16.01.2014
Sheerman, Barry Labour Party Huddersfield 05.03.2014