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Adult Education: Finance

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills under what headings the Adult Safeguarded Learning budget for 2010-11 will be spent; and if he will make a statement. (309504)

Our funding priorities for 2010/11 are set out in the strategy document, “Skills Investment Strategy 2010-11”, published in November 2009. In the 2010-11 financial year we will invest £210 million in Adult Safeguarded Learning supporting:

Personal and Community Development Learning

Family Literacy, Language and Numeracy

Wider Family Learning

Neighbourhood Learning in Deprived Communities.

In the strategy document we have re-affirmed our commitment to implementing the vision for informal adult learning, including learning for personal, family and community development, described in “The Learning Revolution” White Paper (2009). We recognise that this type of learning contributes to the health and well-being of communities by building the confidence and resilience of the individuals involved. For the low-skilled and under-confident, informal learning can also be an important stepping stone to further learning and a more skilled future. We are working across Government and with our partners in every sector to make “The Learning Revolution” a reality. During 2010-11 we will work with the Skills Funding Agency to determine how funding for Adult Safeguarded Learning can be routed most effectively to secure local ownership and underpin strong local partnerships.