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Office for Fair Access

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to paragraph 17 in the Executive Summary of the Higher Education White Paper, “Students at the heart of the system”, what progress he has made in increasing the resources of the Office for Fair Access.

Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Minister of State (Universities and Science)

In the financial year 2010/11 the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) baseline budget was £484,000. We have agreed in the course of this year (2011/12) to increase this to £630,000 and are continuing to work with the director to keep this under review to ensure he has access to the resources he needs to fulfil his role in line with the Government's expectations set out in the letter to him on 10 February 2011.

The Government have committed to strengthen OFFA, as outlined in the Higher Education White Paper “Students at the heart of the system”, so it can provide a more active and energetic challenge and support to universities and colleges. We will work with the next Director on the size and structure of OFFA but will make significantly more resources available, increasing capacity up to around four times its original level.

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