Colleges get extra cash

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DAVID BLUNKETT will announce a 10 per cent increase in funding for further education today in the latest stage of the Government's drive to put an extra 700,000 people into universities and college.

The pounds 365m package will pay for an extra 250,000 places for adults and 12,000 for students aged 16 to 19 in 2001. The Secretary of State for Education is expected to announce funding on top of the pounds 3.5bn already earmarked for colleges in 2001.

The announcement of the deal is timed to coincide with the Association of Colleges' annual conference in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. It will fund the final stage of efforts to meet Tony Blair's pledge to raise the number of students.