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Learning and Skills Council

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the likely numbers of redundancies at the Learning and Skills Council in Coventry; and if he will make a statement. (112763)

[holding answer 8 January 2007]: The Learning and Skills Council has carried out a radical restructuring exercise which will ensure that it becomes even more effective at identifying and responding to learning and skill needs. The new structure will include around 150 new local partnership teams, which will work with key local stakeholders to secure a wide choice of high-quality provision which reflects what individuals, employers and wider communities want and helps to deliver our long term economic success. They will work alongside a number of specialist Economic Development teams, and will be supported by nine new regional centres that will provide core operational services and co-ordinate the LSC’s work with regional partners.

The new structure is expected to require 1,100 fewer posts across the whole organisation. The LSC continues to do all it can to avoid making compulsory redundancies, and estimates that nationally these changes will save up to £40 million per year, which can be directed to front line services.