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Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

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Julian expresses delight at Government confirmation of ring road dualling scheme

Julian expresses delight at Government confirmation of ring road dualling scheme

Julian has today received official confirmation from the Roads Minister, Baroness Vere that she has signed off on City of York Council’s bid for Government funding for the dualling of the A1237 between the Rawcliffe and Hopgrove roundabouts. Subject to the approval of the Final Business Case, the Department has agreed to contribute just under

Julian welcomes National Railway Museum funding boost and requests meeting with Housing Minister to secure York Central access funding

Julian has today welcomed the Culture Secretary’s announcement that the National Railway Museum in...

Julian welcomes Queen’s Speech 2019

Julian has welcomed the Queen’s Speech for 2019, setting out the government’s proposed draft...

Julian urges Prime Minister to support campaign to save Askham Bog

Yesterday, Julian questioned the First Secretary of State, Dominic Raab, who was standing in...

Julian makes the case for additional support for Further Education Colleges

April 2, 2019

Julian has today spoken in a packed parliamentary debate about the importance of adequately funding Further Education (FE) colleges. It follows his support for a cross-party letter to the Chancellor signed by 164 MPs urging the Government to prioritise FE funding in the upcoming Spending Review.

Julian highlighted the concerns that have been raised by York College about the disadvantages that FE colleges face in comparison with schools, given that colleges lack the option to cross subsidise. According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, FE is the only stage of education to have received a permanent drop in funding per student during the last eight years, prompting Conservative backbencher Richard Graham MP to say that he feared that it is becoming the ‘Cinderella’ of education spending.

In the letter to the Chancellor signed by Julian, MPs made the point that if the UK is to compete successfully in the post-Brexit international arena it is important that we invest in ensuring that our current and future workforce have the skills that employers need. According to the University and Colleges Employers Association the uptake of qualifications for health and social care workers fell from 692,000 to 219,000 during the last ten years, a drop of 68%. As Ofsted have stated in their most recent annual report, it is unlikely that these structural problems can be addressed without an increase in the base rate funding for this age group.