Funding for the further education sector (2)

MQT on 2015-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2015
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What representations have you made to government regarding the level of funding for the Further Education sector, given the vital role it plays in delivering the skills London needs and the estimated 24% cut in the adult skills budget since 2009-10?


Answer for Funding for the further education sector (2)

Answer for Funding for the further education sector (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have written to the Chancellor requesting that as part of the Government's Spending Review that greater powers and funding over skills are devolved.  I have requested that adult skills and 16-18 funding in London is protected, including ESOL in order to meet future skills demand.  The outcome of these discussions with Government will not be known until after the Spending Review. Starting next year, I will be leading the London Area Review for post 16 education and skills to ensure London has a high quality and resilient FE sector capable of delivering the education and skills demanded by Londoners and its economy.