Skills Education

MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Question By: 
Bob Blackman
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Given that adult education budgets are being reduced across London and specifically basic skills are being targeted for reduction, what action are you taking to ensure that sufficient funding is made available fro basic skills education to be retained?


Answer for Skills Education

Answer for Skills Education

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Resourcing for adult education provision for this year is the responsibility of the Learning and Skills Council (LSC).As in previous years, we have seen shifts in the priorities for spending in the adult and skills budget. There is a greater emphasis in the guidance given by Government to the LSC to focus on provision that supports employability. I have referred elsewhere to the problems this year's allocation raised in respect of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and the intervention I made with the support of the London Skills and Employment Board (LSEB).It is clear to all of us from correspondence with Londoners how much adult and community education is valued. I have regularly lobbied to ensure that resources remain in place for such provision. Basic skills form an essential part of that provision improving people's quality of life and their opportunities for employment. I will be seeking to ensure that in future years funding is directed to meet London's specific needs