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Economic cuts targeted at students would be a betrayal of a generation

Ellen Fearon


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Students and young people have sacrificed so much over the last few years.  (stock photo)

Students and young people have sacrificed so much over the last few years. (stock photo)

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Students and young people have sacrificed so much over the last few years. (stock photo)

It’s hard to put into words the level of anger that I felt this week when I heard the Department for the Economy’s proposals to save money in their budget for the next three years.

The Department has been left with a significant shortfall as a result of budget cuts and the loss of EU funding which will be felt this year. In response, Department officials have drawn up a list of options for where cuts can be made. Seven out of the eight options are in further and higher education – and officials have made it clear that most of them would need to be introduced in some form to simply break even.


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