Careers and Enterprise Company: Finance

Department for Education written question – answered on 3rd April 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Goudie Baroness Goudie Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether future funding for the Careers and Enterprise Company has been assured; and, if so, why that funding decision was taken before the Comprehensive Spending Review.

Photo of Baroness Goudie Baroness Goudie Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Secretary of State for Education on 10 December 2014 (HC Deb, cols 891–3), whether a date has been set for the Careers and Enterprise Company to become self-sustaining; and if so, what is that date.

Photo of Baroness Goudie Baroness Goudie Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government on what grounds additional funding for the Careers and Enterprise Company has been approved for the recruitment of the post of (1) a Head of Government and Public Relations at a salary of £40–50,000; and (2) a Communications Manager at a salary of £48,000.

Photo of Lord Agnew of Oulton Lord Agnew of Oulton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Funding for the Careers & Enterprise Company for the financial year 2020-21 onwards will be agreed once the government’s next Spending Review has concluded and details of the department’s budget are confirmed.

My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education said in 2014 that the Careers & Enterprise Company would sustain itself in the longer term. Since then, the government has asked the company to take on an expanded role to help deliver the government’s careers strategy. The company is supporting schools and colleges to improve their careers provision in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance. We will shortly publish a revised sustainability plan alongside the 2019-20 Grant Funding Agreement on the company’s website at: https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/.

Funding for all staff salaries at the Careers & Enterprise Company comes from the overall grant funding agreement. The total grant for 2018-19 was £30.2 million. The company recently advertised for a Parliamentary and Government Relations Manager at £40,000 to £50,000 and a Communications Manager at £42,000 to £48,000. Salaries are benchmarked against civil service roles and are on a par with similar organisations.

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