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Adult Education: Crafts

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what funding his Department makes available for adult courses in craft work in North Yorkshire; and if he will make a statement. (220027)

The Government are committed to ensuring that learning serves the needs of the whole community and that everyone can lead healthy and fulfilling lives by participating fully in work, education and society as a whole. Our recent consultation on Informal Adult Learning has been looking closely at learning that helps develop families and communities by meeting the basic human need for creativity and stimulation. It has started a discussion which will lead to a new vision of Informal Adult Learning for the 21st century and we will publish our response to the consultation in September.

The exact funding, makeup and distribution of learning provision at local level are matters for local Learning and Skills Councils and their partners in colleges and other providers, according to their assessment of local needs and priorities. Mark Haysom the LSC’s Chief Executive will write to the hon. Lady with more detailed information. A copy of his reply will be placed in the Library.

Letter from Mark Haysom, dated 16 July 2008:

I am writing in response to your Parliamentary Question that asked; how many students received monies from Learning Skills Council funding in North Yorkshire in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

There are only a limited number of programmes where LSC funding is received directly by students and these are within the Learner Support range of programmes.

Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is an income assessed weekly allowance paid to learners from low income households to support them in learning undertaken beyond the statutory school leaving age. The allowance is paid on a ‘something for something’ basis and the learner may also receive bonuses where the learner remains on their learning programme, makes good progress and achieves the standards of behaviour and effort agreed with the learning provider. The table below shows the number of students who have received this allowance:

Education maintenance allowance

Area type

Area name

2004/05

2005/06

2006/07

2007/081

National

England

297,259

429,627

527,319

542,710

LSC

North Yorkshire

2,684

5,161

6,219

6,293

1 Year to date—28 August 2007 to 31 May 2008.

Adult Learning Grant (ALG) is, subject to a financial assessment, a weekly payment payable to adults aged 19+ undertaking full time studying towards their first full level 2 / 3 qualification. The table below shows the number of students who have received this grant:

Adult learning grant

Area

2003/04

2004/05

2005/06

2006/07

2007/081

North Yorkshire

0

0

0

2225

300

1 As at 21 May 2008.

2 1st year of national rollout.