Tyne Metropolitan College

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 14 July 2009.

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Photo of Stephen Byers Stephen Byers Labour, North Tyneside

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will provide additional funding to Tyne Metropolitan College for the purposes of (a) avoiding redundancies and (b) maintaining numbers of available courses.

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)

holding answer 13 July 2009

The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has responsibility for the funding of post-16 further education (FE) and skills delivered through FE colleges and providers. In line with Government priorities, funding is prioritised towards courses that provide adults with the skills to enter and progress into employment or further learning.

As independent organisations, FE colleges are responsible for managing their own budgets and setting the conditions of service of their staff. The Government therefore have no involvement in contractual arrangements for college staff.

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