Renfrewshire MSP and Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has challenged Labour MSPs to back the Scottish Government’s draft budget that plans to increase higher education spending by £12.1 million and increase spending on colleges by £18.3 million over the coming year.West College Scotland and University of the West of Scotland would set to benefit from the increased budget funding.
The proposal, set out in the Scottish Government’s draft budget plans for 2019/20, will maintain investment in Scotland’s universities at over £1 billion and will take college investment to over £606 million.
Mackay, said: “The Scottish Government will deliver over £600 million for Scotland’s colleges, which will be great news for West College Scotland here in Renfrewshire and other institutions across the country.
“I am calling on Labour politicians to get behind the plans to secure substantial funding for our colleges and universities.”
MSPs will vote on Mr Mackay’s budget plans next month.