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Balloon artist defends course after funding cuts

6 March 2014 Last updated at 12:43 GMT

The government is to end funding for 5000 courses which it claims are not valued by employers.

The department's £200 million adult skills budget will be redirected towards what it described as more "relevant qualifications".

Lucy Hennessey, a balloon artistry teacher told BBC Radio 5 live's Drive: "It is a shame for the industry."

"There's a lot more to balloon artistry than being able to twist a dog," she added.