Chancellor Philip Hammond is being urged to fund a better deal for Further Education colleges like Wiltshire College.

South West Wilts MP Andrew Murrison joined 164 MPs to lobby the chancellor.

“Over the past decade, school and university spending has been protected as government spending tightened to restore the economy. However, according to the Association of Colleges, colleges have had a funding cut of 30% over the same period,” Dr Murrison said.

“From recent visits to Wiltshire College in Trowbridge and discussion with Principal Amanda Burnside, I am well aware of the pressing need to restore funding to upskill young people to improve both their life chances and the local economy.

“Universities are important but they’re not everyone’s cup of tea. We have to ensure all our young people have access to education and training that suits their needs, abilities and aspirations. FE is a neglected part of the mix and if we don’t take action now, I worry that we won’t have the skills to power our economy and help Britain compete in the world post Brexit.”