Further Education: Regulation

Department for Education written question – answered at on 6 September 2023.

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Photo of Daniel Kawczynski Daniel Kawczynski Conservative, Shrewsbury and Atcham

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate her Department has made of annual regulatory compliance costs for colleges.

Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Minister of State (Education)

There are multiple areas of regulation applicable to colleges in addition to departmental requirements. These include Ofsted, Office for Students, Charity Commission, Companies Law Act and Health and Safety and Equalities Law. The department is therefore unable to make estimates of the annual regulatory compliance costs for colleges.

Throughout this Parliament, the department has increased overall funding for the sector, making an extra £125 million available in 2023/24 and an extra £1.6 billion in 2024/25 financial years for 16 to 19 education, which is the biggest increase in 16 to 19 funding in a decade.

On top of this, on 13 July 2023 the department announced a further investment of £185 million in the 2023/24 financial year and £285 million in the 2024/25 financial year to drive forward skills delivery in the further education sector. This funding will help colleges and other 16 to 19 providers to address key priorities as they see fit, including tackling recruitment and retention issues in high value technical, vocational and academic provision which are of critical importance to our national economic growth and prosperity.

The department is aware that the cost to colleges in staff time and associated expenditure of meeting regulatory requirements is an issue for colleges. The department is therefore undertaking work to reduce burdens on colleges, such as modernising and simplifying data returns and streamlining processes by, for example, using a single Development Fund to deliver funding for improvement and new investment purposes, moving to multi year and more flexible funding approaches and simplifying financial oversight mechanisms.

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