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Mentally Ill: Employment

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will continue Learning and Skills Council funding of charities which assist people who suffer from mental health problems to return to work, with particular reference to InterAct in Chelmsford. (162918)

[holding answer 14 November 2007]: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has just issued the Learning and Skills Council with its Grant Letter 2008-09, and a copy has been placed in the House Libraries. However, the funding of specific organisations providing learning opportunities for post-16 learners is an operational matter for the LSC as it determines the level of funding required at local level to deliver their key priorities and targets. The LSC will continue funding of any organisation (whether they are charitable or not) which can assist people who suffer from mental health problems to return to work through learning and skills provision, where it is clear that the organisation can deliver the quality and type of provision to meet the requirements of the LSC in ensuring the very best for those learners, and where this type of work has been identified as a priority for funding.