Split Welsh settlement 'will damage colleges'
John Graystone, chief executive of Wales' further education representative body Fforwm, told its annual conference that the national assembly's budget plans could cause 200 job cuts and a reduction in part-time hours.
Mr Graystone said he "welcomed" the assembly's decision to increase its cash settlement by pound;8 million - to be split between colleges and sixth forms.
But the extra cash would be swallowed up by FE colleges' increased national insurance and pension contributions. "We felt we had a very strong case for getting a significant chunk of that money," he said.