Coleg Gwent staff facing redundancy threat

South Wales Argus: Coleg Gwent staff facing redundancy threat Coleg Gwent staff facing redundancy threat

STAFF at Coleg Gwent could be facing redundancy, as the college feel the impact of Welsh Government funding cuts.

As the college is forced to find savings of almost £4 million, it has announced it is in consultation over the “possible removal” of 31 posts.

Roy McCabe of the University and College Union, said: “We are still in consultation until June 10. We are still very hopeful that as a lecturing union, we’re not going to end up with any compulsory redundancies.

“The biggest problem is with support staff. There is the potential for 28 redundancies in that group of staff. They are cutting back quite considerably on the money they give to the local community education centres.”

It is unclear what impact this would have on those working at these centres. Mr McCabe also said there were concerns about the college having reduced opening hours in the evenings. Coleg Gwent were unable to comment on this.

He said: “There are going to be a lot of changes next year on the college. It’s not just going to affect the staff, but the people of Gwent, as they find the courses aren’t on offer anymore.”

A spokeswoman for Coleg Gwent, said: “The Welsh Government has significantly reduced levels of funding for the FE sector and for Coleg Gwent for 14/15.”

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6:53pm Tue 27 May 14

landyman3030 says...

The WAG strikes again.
I did a woodwork bench joinery course at Nash a 4 years ago in the evenings.
I noted that this course fee has more than doubled in the latest Coleg Gwent brochure.
Colleges have cut back on so many part time and evening courses because of no funds available or have to charge exorbitant fees to cover the course.
The WAG says we are taking another 4 million quid off you.
Makes me wonder how much devolution has cost us REGARDLESS of who wanted it, caused it or voted for it.
How many extra layers of Government wages were introduced then.
How many millions on the "special building" in the bay?
The WAG strikes again. I did a woodwork bench joinery course at Nash a 4 years ago in the evenings. I noted that this course fee has more than doubled in the latest Coleg Gwent brochure. Colleges have cut back on so many part time and evening courses because of no funds available or have to charge exorbitant fees to cover the course. The WAG says we are taking another 4 million quid off you. Makes me wonder how much devolution has cost us REGARDLESS of who wanted it, caused it or voted for it. How many extra layers of Government wages were introduced then. How many millions on the "special building" in the bay? landyman3030
  • Score: 11

9:43pm Tue 27 May 14

Mike0408 says...

WHY do we pay tax??
it seems that tax is increasing while the things we pay tax for are decreasing and government wages are going up.

and why are we allowing this?

i wish i could just get up and leaving that dam country and let the inevitable happen faster and get it over and done with, let all the immigrants come in and take over the country while the rest of us get up and leave.

would LOVE to see where the government gets the taxes from then as we all know they are only here to claim our benefits
WHY do we pay tax?? it seems that tax is increasing while the things we pay tax for are decreasing and government wages are going up. and why are we allowing this? i wish i could just get up and leaving that dam country and let the inevitable happen faster and get it over and done with, let all the immigrants come in and take over the country while the rest of us get up and leave. would LOVE to see where the government gets the taxes from then as we all know they are only here to claim our benefits Mike0408
  • Score: 3

12:49am Wed 28 May 14

Howie' says...

Mike0408 wrote:
WHY do we pay tax??
it seems that tax is increasing while the things we pay tax for are decreasing and government wages are going up.

and why are we allowing this?

i wish i could just get up and leaving that dam country and let the inevitable happen faster and get it over and done with, let all the immigrants come in and take over the country while the rest of us get up and leave.

would LOVE to see where the government gets the taxes from then as we all know they are only here to claim our benefits
And yet Mike immigrants are contributing 34 per cent more in taxes than they received in benefits, well above the indigenous population and 37 per cent more in direct or indirect taxes than they received in public goods and services and again, well above the indigenous population.......Uni
versity College London found that migrants from the A8 countries of central and eastern Europe who joined the EU in 2004 were 60 per cent less likely than native-born Brits to claim benefits, and 58 per cent less likely to live in council housing, 16.4 per cent of working-age UK nationals were claiming a working-age benefit compared to 6.7 per cent of non-UK nationals, but hey never let the facts get in the way of a good story eh?

http://blogs.channel
4.com/factcheck/fact
check-immigrants-pay
/16332
[quote][p][bold]Mike0408[/bold] wrote: WHY do we pay tax?? it seems that tax is increasing while the things we pay tax for are decreasing and government wages are going up. and why are we allowing this? i wish i could just get up and leaving that dam country and let the inevitable happen faster and get it over and done with, let all the immigrants come in and take over the country while the rest of us get up and leave. would LOVE to see where the government gets the taxes from then as we all know they are only here to claim our benefits[/p][/quote]And yet Mike immigrants are contributing 34 per cent more in taxes than they received in benefits, well above the indigenous population and 37 per cent more in direct or indirect taxes than they received in public goods and services and again, well above the indigenous population.......Uni versity College London found that migrants from the A8 countries of central and eastern Europe who joined the EU in 2004 were 60 per cent less likely than native-born Brits to claim benefits, and 58 per cent less likely to live in council housing, 16.4 per cent of working-age UK nationals were claiming a working-age benefit compared to 6.7 per cent of non-UK nationals, but hey never let the facts get in the way of a good story eh? http://blogs.channel 4.com/factcheck/fact check-immigrants-pay /16332 Howie'
  • Score: 2

8:18am Wed 28 May 14

Independentvoter says...

Howie' wrote:
Mike0408 wrote:
WHY do we pay tax??
it seems that tax is increasing while the things we pay tax for are decreasing and government wages are going up.

and why are we allowing this?

i wish i could just get up and leaving that dam country and let the inevitable happen faster and get it over and done with, let all the immigrants come in and take over the country while the rest of us get up and leave.

would LOVE to see where the government gets the taxes from then as we all know they are only here to claim our benefits
And yet Mike immigrants are contributing 34 per cent more in taxes than they received in benefits, well above the indigenous population and 37 per cent more in direct or indirect taxes than they received in public goods and services and again, well above the indigenous population.......Uni

versity College London found that migrants from the A8 countries of central and eastern Europe who joined the EU in 2004 were 60 per cent less likely than native-born Brits to claim benefits, and 58 per cent less likely to live in council housing, 16.4 per cent of working-age UK nationals were claiming a working-age benefit compared to 6.7 per cent of non-UK nationals, but hey never let the facts get in the way of a good story eh?

http://blogs.channel

4.com/factcheck/fact

check-immigrants-pay

/16332
Correct Howie - Spot on with your figures !
[quote][p][bold]Howie'[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mike0408[/bold] wrote: WHY do we pay tax?? it seems that tax is increasing while the things we pay tax for are decreasing and government wages are going up. and why are we allowing this? i wish i could just get up and leaving that dam country and let the inevitable happen faster and get it over and done with, let all the immigrants come in and take over the country while the rest of us get up and leave. would LOVE to see where the government gets the taxes from then as we all know they are only here to claim our benefits[/p][/quote]And yet Mike immigrants are contributing 34 per cent more in taxes than they received in benefits, well above the indigenous population and 37 per cent more in direct or indirect taxes than they received in public goods and services and again, well above the indigenous population.......Uni versity College London found that migrants from the A8 countries of central and eastern Europe who joined the EU in 2004 were 60 per cent less likely than native-born Brits to claim benefits, and 58 per cent less likely to live in council housing, 16.4 per cent of working-age UK nationals were claiming a working-age benefit compared to 6.7 per cent of non-UK nationals, but hey never let the facts get in the way of a good story eh? http://blogs.channel 4.com/factcheck/fact check-immigrants-pay /16332[/p][/quote]Correct Howie - Spot on with your figures ! Independentvoter
  • Score: 4

10:08am Wed 28 May 14

JanJenkins says...

This is really not unexpected. student numbers are falling.
Students on courses at Coleg Gwent to improve the chances of getting qualifications required to get a job, are being told by the job centre that by being on the courses they are"Not Available for Work" therefore they will have their Housing benefit / job seekers benefit stopped. So students have to drop out of the courses, some just as exams are due. the qualifications are not obtained and there are still no employment at the end of it all.
This is really not unexpected. student numbers are falling. Students on courses at Coleg Gwent to improve the chances of getting qualifications required to get a job, are being told by the job centre that by being on the courses they are"Not Available for Work" therefore they will have their Housing benefit / job seekers benefit stopped. So students have to drop out of the courses, some just as exams are due. the qualifications are not obtained and there are still no employment at the end of it all. JanJenkins
  • Score: 2

10:22am Wed 28 May 14

snappersearch says...

Howie' wrote:
Mike0408 wrote:
WHY do we pay tax??
it seems that tax is increasing while the things we pay tax for are decreasing and government wages are going up.

and why are we allowing this?

i wish i could just get up and leaving that dam country and let the inevitable happen faster and get it over and done with, let all the immigrants come in and take over the country while the rest of us get up and leave.

would LOVE to see where the government gets the taxes from then as we all know they are only here to claim our benefits
And yet Mike immigrants are contributing 34 per cent more in taxes than they received in benefits, well above the indigenous population and 37 per cent more in direct or indirect taxes than they received in public goods and services and again, well above the indigenous population.......Uni

versity College London found that migrants from the A8 countries of central and eastern Europe who joined the EU in 2004 were 60 per cent less likely than native-born Brits to claim benefits, and 58 per cent less likely to live in council housing, 16.4 per cent of working-age UK nationals were claiming a working-age benefit compared to 6.7 per cent of non-UK nationals, but hey never let the facts get in the way of a good story eh?

http://blogs.channel

4.com/factcheck/fact

check-immigrants-pay

/16332
Very true Howie, but sadly the facts are all too easy to ignore in our current culture of blame, which leaves immigrants as easy targets for those unable to reflect on themselves and/or wider issues.
[quote][p][bold]Howie'[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mike0408[/bold] wrote: WHY do we pay tax?? it seems that tax is increasing while the things we pay tax for are decreasing and government wages are going up. and why are we allowing this? i wish i could just get up and leaving that dam country and let the inevitable happen faster and get it over and done with, let all the immigrants come in and take over the country while the rest of us get up and leave. would LOVE to see where the government gets the taxes from then as we all know they are only here to claim our benefits[/p][/quote]And yet Mike immigrants are contributing 34 per cent more in taxes than they received in benefits, well above the indigenous population and 37 per cent more in direct or indirect taxes than they received in public goods and services and again, well above the indigenous population.......Uni versity College London found that migrants from the A8 countries of central and eastern Europe who joined the EU in 2004 were 60 per cent less likely than native-born Brits to claim benefits, and 58 per cent less likely to live in council housing, 16.4 per cent of working-age UK nationals were claiming a working-age benefit compared to 6.7 per cent of non-UK nationals, but hey never let the facts get in the way of a good story eh? http://blogs.channel 4.com/factcheck/fact check-immigrants-pay /16332[/p][/quote]Very true Howie, but sadly the facts are all too easy to ignore in our current culture of blame, which leaves immigrants as easy targets for those unable to reflect on themselves and/or wider issues. snappersearch
  • Score: 3

4:55pm Wed 28 May 14

Independentvoter says...

JanJenkins wrote:
This is really not unexpected. student numbers are falling.
Students on courses at Coleg Gwent to improve the chances of getting qualifications required to get a job, are being told by the job centre that by being on the courses they are"Not Available for Work" therefore they will have their Housing benefit / job seekers benefit stopped. So students have to drop out of the courses, some just as exams are due. the qualifications are not obtained and there are still no employment at the end of it all.
I totally disagree with you Jan I don't know where you got your information from. There is a rise in students studying with the Open University and studying does not affect your entitlement to benefits including housing benefits at all. I will be attending the Open University conference in Cardiff next month to discuss many concerns and a fall in student numbers is certainly not on the list.

Also, there is employment at the end of studying but this of course depends on what modules and chosen career pathway you are studying.

Many students are choosing to study with the OU because of the rising costs in renting student houses. It is far more economical to study at home and attend college for tutorials one day a month.
[quote][p][bold]JanJenkins[/bold] wrote: This is really not unexpected. student numbers are falling. Students on courses at Coleg Gwent to improve the chances of getting qualifications required to get a job, are being told by the job centre that by being on the courses they are"Not Available for Work" therefore they will have their Housing benefit / job seekers benefit stopped. So students have to drop out of the courses, some just as exams are due. the qualifications are not obtained and there are still no employment at the end of it all.[/p][/quote]I totally disagree with you Jan I don't know where you got your information from. There is a rise in students studying with the Open University and studying does not affect your entitlement to benefits including housing benefits at all. I will be attending the Open University conference in Cardiff next month to discuss many concerns and a fall in student numbers is certainly not on the list. Also, there is employment at the end of studying but this of course depends on what modules and chosen career pathway you are studying. Many students are choosing to study with the OU because of the rising costs in renting student houses. It is far more economical to study at home and attend college for tutorials one day a month. Independentvoter
  • Score: 2

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