Individual Learning Accounts

Education and Skills written question – answered on 19th December 2001.

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Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Shadow Spokesperson (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to her answer of 11 December 2001, Official Report, column 813W, on individual learning accounts, for what reason those account holders who had not used their accounts by 23 November cannot be subject to a validation process as a condition of being able to undertake eligible learning.

Photo of John Healey John Healey Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education and Skills)

The Individual Learning Account programme was closed on 23 November as a result of evidence of serious potential fraud and theft. That decision was taken to minimise a serious risk to public funds. However, subject to new validation arrangements, all eligible learning booked onto the ILA system before 6.30 pm on 23 November will be honoured.

The programme is now closed to the further booking of learning by ILA account holders and learning providers. Account holders who did not have their learning booked onto the ILA system by 23 November will not be able to benefit from a discount on the cost of their learning.

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