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North Devon College

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what factors underlay the decision of the Learning and Skills Council to refuse additional funding to North Devon College, on behalf of the Prince’s Trust Team Programme in Torridge, following over-recruitment for the Programme. (100909)

I can confirm the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has agreed to allocate an additional £75,000 to North Devon College specifically for the funding of Prince’s Trust programme in 2006/07 at Torridge Training.

Generally additional funding is not available in-year for further education colleges as funding is based on plans agreed with the LSC that they guarantee to fund. The guarantee that college plans will be fully funded has been widely welcomed in terms of stability and assured levels of funding. However, it does mean colleges recruiting above agreed plans cannot expect to receive additional funding above the level agreed with the LSC, although there is an expectation that higher volumes in priority areas should be reflected in the following year.