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Welsh government slammed for cuts to funding council

Politicians and academics have criticised the Welsh government's proposals to slash the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales' budget by 32 per cent.

At a meeting of the Welsh Assembly on 13 January, leader of the Welsh Conservatives Andrew Davies said that the government should reconsider the £41 million of cuts that it set out in the draft budget, published in December. The cuts would see HEFCW’s budget fall to £87 million in the financial year 2016-17.

“You chose to give higher education a good kicking,” Davies told the Welsh finance minister Jane Hutt. He went on to say that the cuts were at odds with the UK government’s decision to invest more in the country, following an announcement on 7 January that a £50m catapult centre focusing on compound semiconductors would have its headquarters in Wales.

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