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Employment Equality Regulations

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the Treasury was in 2005-06 of subsidising the concession for pensioners in further education courses before the introduction of the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006. (91694)

Further Education (FE) providers have the discretion to offer different levels of subsidy to different groups of FE learners. There is also a national fee assumption for FE courses. In 2005-06, it was assumed that adult learners in FE contribute 27.5 per cent. of the basic course cost of their learning unless they are entitled to free tuition. Cost information on the different levels of subsidies offered by FE providers is not compiled centrally.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated revenue gain in (a) 2006-07 and (b) a subsequent full year is from terminating the concession for pensioners in further education courses under the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations coming into effect on 1 October 2006. (91695)

Further education (FE) providers have the discretion to offer different levels of subsidy to different groups of FE learners. There is also a national fee assumption for FE courses. In 2006-07, it is assumed that adult learners in FE contribute 32.5 per cent. of the basic course cost of their learning unless they are entitled to free tuition. With the introduction of the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006, FE providers will need to ensure that their fees policy in relation to groups of learners of different ages is in line with the new regulations.