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Colleges to share £5m windfall

COLLEGES will get an additional £5 million to improve their campuses next year.

Education Secretary Michael Russell said the money would pay for planned improvements at a number of colleges.

It comes after the Scottish Government pledged a "building boom" with extra money available through the Chancellor's autumn budget statement.

The SNP administration plans £205m of construction and maintenance work, and hopes the £5m for colleges will give students a better learning environment.

The money is part of £19m for further and higher education over the next two years, with £300m also planned through the Scottish Government's non-profit distributing funding.

Mr Russell said: "These funds will help to ensure that we address the pressing maintenance needs of the college estate."

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