Union Learning Fund

Department for Education written question – answered on 20th January 2017.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird Non-affiliated

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.

Photo of Lord Nash Lord Nash The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Union Learning Fund (ULF) is administered by Unionlearn (the TUC's learning organisation). In the 2015-16 financial year, approximately £11m of funding was allocated to support the ULF.

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

Union

Actual Amount Received 2015-16 £

AEGIS

247,495

Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen

305,573

Association of Teachers and Lecturers

122,615

Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union

130,530

Bakers and Allied Food Workers Union

349,793

Britannia Staff Union

190,977

Community

183,930

Communication Workers Union

364,208

EQUITY

119,712

Fire Brigades Union

505,317

GMB Midlands

290,985

GMB North West

230,056

GMB Southern

396,720

GMB Yorkshire & North Derbyshire

306,367

National Association of Stable Staff

50,017

National Union of Journalists

71,736

Public and Commercial Services Union

742,964

Professional Footballers' Association

234,129

Prison Officers' Association

702,404

Royal College of Midwives

193,808

Royal College of Nurses

170,149

National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers

342,416

Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists

188,914

Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (National)

254,702

Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (Anfield)

126,038

Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (Hinkley)

276,209

Unison National

554,859

Unison Northern

371,393

Unite

1,885,648

Unity

52,910

United Road Transport Union

188,832

Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers

743,088

Staff Union West Bromwich Building Society

49,873

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