Adult Education: Finance

Department for Education written question – answered on 11th September 2017.

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Photo of Gordon Marsden Gordon Marsden Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions she and her officials had with learndirect Ltd on the withdrawal of its submitted bid for the Adult Education budget procurement for 2017-18.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton Minister of State (Department for Education)

Education and Skills Funding Agency officials have had regular discussions with Learndirect over the last year on a wide range of financial, contractual and quality issues. The Department’s priority is to protect learners and users of other services run by Learndirect.

Once Learndirect made the decision to withdraw from the Adult Education Budget (AEB) procurement, they were informed that they would be treated in the same way as other providers who have not been awarded a contract as a result of the AEB procurement. This includes a clear contractual end date for provision, which is 31 July 2018.

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