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Learning and Skills Council

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what buildings are occupied by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC); what the cost of occupying these buildings is in 2008-09; when each of the lease agreements for occupying these buildings expires; and to what use those buildings will be put following the abolition of the Learning and Skills Council in 2010. (246251)

A list of buildings occupied by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) and the year of expiry of lease agreements are provided in the following table. The total cost of the LSC’s property portfolio for 2008-09 is £26.1 million. DIUS and DCSF are undertaking an assessment of the detailed options, costs and benefits for the estate to support effective delivery by the Young People’s Learning Agency (YPLA) and Skills Funding Agency (SFA).

We have already announced that the YPLA and SFA headquarters will be co-located in Coventry.

Learning and Skills Council buildings

LSC office

Building/city

Break or lease expiry

Year of lease expiry

2009

Surrey

Technology House, Woking

Lease Expiry

Bedfordshire

Woburn Court, Kempston,

Break Due

2011

Nottinghamshire

City Gate East, Nottingham

Licence

1

2010

Greater Manchester

Arndale House, Manchester

Break Due

2015

London Central

Centre Point, London

Lease Expiry

Staffordshire

Festival Way, Stoke-on-Trent

Lease Expiry

Sussex

Princes House, Brighton

Break Due

2015

2011

Kent and Medway

Kings Hill Avenue, West Mailing

Lease Expiry

Lincolnshire and Rutland

Alpha Court, Lincoln

Lease Expiry

Leicestershire

17a Meridian East, Leicester

Lease Expiry

London East

Boardman House, London

Lease Expiry

Cambridgeshire

Stuart House, Peterborough

Lease Expiry

Hereford and Worcester

5 Brook Court, Worcester,

Break Due

2016

Humberside

4 Earls Court, Hull

Break Due

2016

2012

Shropshire

Hollinswood House, Telford

Break Due

2017

Lancashire

Citigate, Preston

Break Due

2017

Greater Merseyside

The Plaza, Liverpool

Break Due

2017

Somerset

Kingston House, Taunton,

Break Due

2016

National Office

Security House, Coventry,

Break Due

2017

Tees Valley/County Durham

Wynyard House, Billingham

Break Due

2017

Black Country

Unit 6 and 7 Castle Court, Dudley

Break Due

2017

Derbyshire

1 Mallard Way, Derby

Lease Expiry

South Yorkshire

The Straddle, Sheffield

Break Due

2017

Norfolk

Lakeside 500, Norwich

Lease Expiry

2017

Cheshire and Warrington

Dalton House, Middlewich

Lease Expiry

Coventry and Warwickshire

Oak Tree Court, Coventry

Lease Expiry

2013

West Yorkshire

Mercury House, Bradford

Break Due

2019

2014

Wiltshire and Swindon

The Bora Building, Swindon

Lease Expiry

Suffolk

Felaw Maltings, Ipswich,

Lease Expiry

Berkshire

Pacific House, Reading,

Lease Expiry

Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole

Provincial House, Bournemouth

Lease Expiry

West of England

St. Lawrence House, Bristol

Lease Expiry

2015

Tyne and Wear

Moongate House, Gateshead

Lease Expiry

London West

Central House, Hounslow

Lease Expiry

North Yorkshire

7 Pioneer Business Park, York

Lease Expiry

Devon and Cornwall

Foliot House, Plymouth

Lease Expiry

County Durham

Allergate House, Durham

Break Due

2019

Cumbria

Progress/Venture House, Workington

Lease Expiry

2020

2016

Devon and Cornwall

Penhaligon House, Truro

Lease Expiry

Essex

Redwing House, Chelmsford

Lease Expiry

London South

Canius House, Croydon

Lease Expiry

London North

Dumayne House, London

Lease Expiry

2017

Gloucestershire

Conway House, Gloucester

Lease Expiry

Devon and Cornwall

Richmond Court, Exeter

Lease Expiry

2018

Northamptonshire

Royal Pavilion, Northampton

Lease Expiry

Hertfordshire

Grosvenor Road, St. Albans

Lease Expiry

2020

Hampshire and IOW

Eagle Point, Fareham

Lease Expiry

Milton Keynes

Latimer House, Kidlington

Lease Expiry

2021

Birmingham and Solihull

NTI Building, Birmingham

Lease Expiry

2022

National Office

Cheylesmore House North and South, Coventry

Lease Expiry

1 Can vacate at any time.

Note:

Table arranged by date of break in lease or lease expiry date (whichever is sooner).

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many staff employed by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) he expects will become employed by (a) local authorities, (b) the Young People’s Learning Agency, (c) the Skills Funding Agency and (d) the National Apprenticeship Service in 2010; and whether all current LSC staff will be offered alternative employment (246252)

We have identified that there will be some 3,300 full-time equivalents in 2010, which is in line with existing LSC staffing levels.

We expect to transfer around 1,000 posts to local authorities. This will be supported by the Young People’s Learning Agency (YPLA), a non-departmental public body which will have approximately 500 posts in total, with around 200 at the national office and 300 in the regions. The YPLA will support local authorities in their new role in the commissioning process and delivery of good outcomes for young people.

The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) will be an agency of DIUS and will have approximately 1,800 posts, including the 400 posts in the National Apprenticeship Service.

We are committed to retaining the expertise of LSC staff in the new arrangements. DCSF and DIUS officials are working with the LSC and wider further education sector to finalise the details of these plans and processes over the coming months.

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether staff currently employed by the Learning and Skills Council will continue to be covered by the Civil Service Pension Scheme if they become employed by (a) local authorities, (b) the Young People’s Learning Agency, (c) the Skills Funding Agency and (d) the National Apprenticeships Service in 2010. (246272)

DIUS and DCSF are being guided by the Cabinet Office Staff Transfers in the Public Sector Statement of Practice (COSOP) in our approach to the treatment of LSC staff in this transfer of responsibilities under the Machinery of Government changes. This includes the principle that there should be appropriate arrangements to protect occupational pensions and the application of “A fair deal for Staff Pensions” (which sets out the policy on staff pensions that must be followed by Central Government Departments and Agencies, and which Ministers expect to be adopted by other public sector employers).

We expect that staff transferring to the Young People’s Learning Agency and Skills Funding Agency, which will house the National Apprenticeships Service, will continue to be covered by the Civil Service Pension Scheme and staff transferring to local authorities will have access to local government schemes. We are working with the Government Actuaries Department and representatives of the various pension’s schemes to establish the details for every member of staff affected by this transfer.