New analysis reveals that Scotland’s universities have lost out on over £400million worth of investment in today’s prices since Nicola Sturgeon became First Minister.
The SNP Leader claims that education is her top priority, but just last month it was revealed that there are 130,000 fewer student’s in Scotland’s colleges than when the SNP came to power in 2007, teachers are under resourced and under paid, and now it has been revealed that universities have lost out on funding too.
Scottish Labour’s analysis, based on figures provided by SPICe, shows that the SNP has failed to protect the university resource budget every year since Nicola Sturgeon became First Minister, with a total cost to universities of £417million.
The draft budget, set to go through at Stage 3 this week due to a deal with the Green party, cuts the funding again, which is now 11 per cent lower in real terms than it was in 2014/15.
“Investing in education is investing in our people and our economy. Education should be the top priority for any government, and Nicola Sturgeon promised it would be hers, but these numbers show just how farcical that claim is.
“Universities and colleges have faced cuts under the SNP, and this SNP budget continues to cut university funding. The SNP-Green budget is a bad deal for Scottish students and a bad deal for Scotland’s economy.
“It is clear that investment in our people, communities and public services is needed urgently.”