To ask Her Majesty’s Government (1) how much money was paid to the Union Learning Fund last year, and in total since its inception; (2) which trade unions were provided with assistance from the fund last year; (3) how much was provided in each case; and (4) whether they have plans to end these payments or re-assess their efficacy.
As set out in the reply of 8 December 2015 to the Right Honourable Lord’s previous Parliamentary Question (HL3882) on this matter, the ULF was established in 1998 and funding has been provided by a number of different Departments. Between 1998-99 and 2006-07, around £70m of funding was allocated to support the ULF. Since 2006, the ULF has been administered by Unionlearn and around £116m in total has been distributed to ULF projects in respect of the financial years 2007-08 to 2015-16.
The total amount of funding received by all trade unions from the ULF for the financial year 2015-16 is set out in the table below.
The Department is currently in the process of finalising the grant agreement for Unionlearn and the ULF projects for the financial year 2017-18.
ULF Funding 2015-16
Actual Amount Received 2015-16 £
Bakers and Allied Food Workers Union
GMB North West
GMB Yorkshire & North Derbyshire
Professional Footballers' Association
Prison Officers' Association
Royal College of Nurses
Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (Anfield)
Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (Hinkley)
Staff Union West Bromwich Building Society