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Further Education Capital Budget

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 11th June 2009.

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Photo of Philip Hollobone Philip Hollobone Conservative, Kettering

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what criteria apply to allocation of funding from the further education capital budget; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (also Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Further Education, Skills, Apprenticeships and Consumer Affairs) (also Department for Children, Schools and Families)

In line with Sir Andrew Foster's recommendations, the Learning and Skills Council has been consulting on the best approach to prioritise projects.

It has been confirmed that this will involve two processes—the first to ensure urgent projects can go ahead in the summer, the second to enable needs-based projects to go ahead as further funding is made available.

The criteria for projects to proceed in the first process include:

whether the project is ready to start; its education and skills impact; its contribution to local economic and regeneration priorities; co-dependency with third parties; the condition of the estate; and value for money.

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