THE government was urged to investigate concerns that a city college has become a victim of its own success.
Riverside MP Louise Ellman told Business Minister Matthew Hancock that Liverpool Community College is being starved of funding to cope with an upsurge in student intake.
In September 1,000 more 16 to 18 year-olds enrolled, many of whom would otherwise not be in study or employment.
But due to a “lagged” funding system colleges only get funding based on the number of students on roll the previous year.
It means the college will have to wait 12 months to get the £6m extra funding.
It is asking the Education Funding Agency for additional in-year finances.
And in a letter, signed by the city’s other four MPs and copied into Education Secretary Michael Gove, Mrs Ellman says the under-funding threatens the college’s ability to cater for its increasing rolls.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has also written to Mr Hancock calling for government intervention in the matter.