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High fees are a tall order, say colleges

With Colleges Scotland posting another deficit, the amount paid by FE providers is drawing scrutiny. Julia Belgutay reports

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Sector leaders have questioned the “value for money” offered by membership of Colleges Scotland, with analysis showing that further education providers in Scotland are paying significantly more than some of their counterparts elsewhere in the UK.

The comments come as Colleges Scotland’s accounts for 2016-17 show an overall deficit of £158,000 – a similar amount to the previous year. However, the umbrella body for FE colleges says it “continues to have a reliable income structure” and has “successfully reduced rental and back-office support costs”.

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