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Adult Education

Volume 406: debated on Friday 23 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) adults on (i) incapacity benefit and (ii) other disability benefits and (b) lone parents on income support were in higher education funded by (A) the Higher Education Funding Council for England and (B) the Learning and Skills Council in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. [114474]

Jobcentre Plus provides everyone of working age with advice and guidance on the full range of support available to help them move into work, including information on the education options open to them. From October 2001, all new claimants in Jobcentre Plus sites attend a personal adviser meeting to discuss the opportunities available for taking up work, advice on training and education is also available. People receive further support of this kind at intervals during their claim, at least once every three years.Information on the number of benefit recipients in higher education funded by the Higher Education Funding Council or the Learning and Skills Council is not available.