To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate has been made of the funding required by local authorities to administer the provision of learning for those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11; and if he will make a statement.
I have been asked to reply.
The primary source of funding for additional support for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities (LLDD) aged 16 to 18 is Additional Learning Support Funding (ALS). In 2009-10 this system was administered by local authorities (for school sixth forms) and by the Learning and Skills Council (for other provision 16 to 18). In the 2009/10 academic year the budget for ALS in school sixth forms and 16 to 18 FE provision is £275 million.
From April 2010 local authorities will assume responsibility for funding all education and training provision for 16 to 18-year-olds. In the 2010/11 academic year local authorities will be allocated £289 million for ALS in school sixth forms and 16 to 18 FE provision to reflect these new responsibilities.