Adult Education: Finance

Innovation, Universities and Skills written question – answered on 7th October 2008.

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Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much the Learning and Skills Council allocated to Adult Learning Support at (a) higher education colleges in Essex and (b) at Chelmsford college in (i) 2007-08 and (ii) 2008-09.

Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Minister of State (Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills) (Higher Education & Intellectual Property)

holding answer 6 October 2008

Until the academic year 2007-08, Additional Learning Support (ALS) was allocated as a lump sum to Further Education (FE) Colleges based on historical spend. From 2008-09 ALS allocations have, for the first time, been differentiated by age group and have used a formula based approach to more accurately reflect need.

The LSC has responsibility for the funding of post-16 further education and training (other than higher education). As a result, table 1 below shows the ALS allocated for FE colleges in the Essex area with information on Chelmsford college in the table that follows.

ALS Allocations FE colleges in Essex
Essex ALS (FE) Allocation (£) Difference (£) Percentage difference
2007-08 total 9,387,920
2008-09 total 8,932,072 (455,848) -4.8
FE ALS allocations—Chelmsford college
Chelmsford college Allocation (£) Difference (£) Percentage difference
2007-08 total 737,620
2008-09 total 690,948 (46,672) -6.3

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Colin Rolfe
Posted on 9 Oct 2008 3:17 pm (Report this annotation)

This would appear to be withdrawing the support for those who may have learning difficulties and therefore denying them the educational support where it is most needed. This is a detrimental step to Labours promise of "education,education and education".