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Office For Fair Access: Finance

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much the Office of Fair Access cost in each year since it was set up; and what the budget is for the next three years. (155658)

The annual cost of the Office for Fair Access since its inception in FY 2004-05 is as follows:

Financial year

£ million

2004-05

Outturn

0.41

2005-06

Outturn

0.5

2006-07

Provisional outturn

0.5

2007-08

Budget

0.5

Plans for CSR07 (covering FYs 2008-11) are not finalised and we cannot comment on specific areas of funding. An overall announcement will be made in the near future.

On the basis of OFFA’s work processing and agreeing access agreements, some 400,000 students from lower income backgrounds are expected to benefit around £300 million in bursaries and other financial incentives from institutions.