Union Learning Fund

Innovation, Universities and Skills written question – answered on 24th January 2008.

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Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much was paid under the Union Learning Fund to (a) ASLEF, (b) BECTU, (c) BFAWU, (d) Community, (e) CWU, (f) GMB, (g) MU, (h) NACODS, (i) NUM, (j) TSSA, (k) UCATT, (l) UNISON, (m) UNITE, (n) UNITY and (o) USDAW in each year since 1998.

Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills) (Skills)

Trade unions have a key role to play in promoting the development of learning and skills in the workplace. To help them do this more effectively, we introduced the Union Learning Fund (ULF) in 1998. This funding is helping trade unions use their influence with employees, employers and training providers to encourage greater take-up of learning at work and boost their own capacity as learning organisations. The table sets out how much ULF funding has been awarded to the specific unions in each financial year from 1998/99 up to 2006/07.

£
Union 1998/99 1999/2000 2000/01 2001/02 2002/03 2003/04 2004/05 2005/06 2006/07
ASLEF 50,000 93,250 88,200 280,000 126,000
BECTU 44,000 40,000 59,000 50,934 146,254 57,600 43,200 194,559
BFAWU 34,000 65,946 49,562 182,206 354,745 359,168 850,725 1,190,233
COMMUNITY 380,658
CWU 87,950 50,000 210,300 848,000 100,000 1,138,438
GMB 148,349 188,210 343,217 1,079,568 850,049 794,766 342,522 1,933,208 931,835
MU 50,000 50,000 38,365 38,300 196,685
NACODS
NUM
TSSA 75,000
UCATT 50,000 52,000 167,000 50,000 240,599 40,797 566,766 510,436
UNISON 137,325 560,894 831,704 1,198,095 33,210 801,600 130,000 2,212,528
UNITY/CATU 43,482 118,808 70,070 101,000
AMICUS 1,478,900 3,414,517
AEEU 139,500 166,065 246,350 222,450 1,325,481 67,639
MSF 80,135 162,144 343,720 161,981 835,361 427,428
GPMU 97,000 158,009 345,535 341,804 889,889 240,133 1,781,950
UNIFI 56,400 19,000 68,200 82,800 1,173,347
T and G 50,000 155,680 201,236 421,540 426,128 891,133 588,933 2,319,299 863,600

The recently formed trade union UNITE has not yet received any ULF funding so details have been included of the funding awarded to those unions which have merged to form UNITE—AMICUS, T and G, GPMU, AEEU, MSF and UNIFI.

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