Adult Education Budget/Funding

Education and Skills written question – answered on 14th June 2005.

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Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will safeguard central funding for adult education for 2005 to 2009.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Minister of State (Universities), Department for Education and Skills

The Department allocates funds for education and training in the post-16 learning and skills sector to the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). In the Department's Grant Letter of 15 November 2004, the LSC was allocated £6.7 billion in 2005–06, £6.8 billion in 2006–07 and £7.1 billion in 2007–08 for learning participation, which includes funding for adult education. For the year 2008–09, allocations will be determined by the Spending Review 2006 outcome.

The Government are committed to safeguarding the availability of a wide range of learning for personal and community development (previously termed adult and community learning). The DfES and the LSC will agree each year an overall indicative budget based on the broad proportion of LSC funds currently spent on this type of learning.

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