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Aimhigher Programme: Finance

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much money has been allocated to Aimhigher (a) directly from his Department, (b) via the Higher Education Funding Council for England and (c) via the Learning and Skills Council for (i) 2009-10 and (ii) 2010-11. (309857)

The information is given in the following table.

2009-10

2010-11

BIS1

56,900

56,900

HEFCE

32,300

229,000

LSC3

0

0

Department for Health

600

4600

Total

89,800

586,500

1 The amounts given for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) include £9 million each year for the Aimhigher Associates scheme.

2 HEFCE committed to fund the Aimhigher programme at £29 million per year for the three years 2008 to 2011. In light of the recent funding situation the Council is currently reviewing all its funding lines and final confirmation of all allocations for 2010-11 will be made, as is usual, shortly after their January board meeting. The council’s additional £3.3 million allocation to support Aimhigher summer schools was committed until July 2010. Continued commitment after this date is also subject to the review.

3 The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills provides £9.338 million to the LSC each year in the form of a ring-fenced grant for Aimhigher. This amount is included in the BIS figures in the table.

4 The Department for Health has not yet confirmed its contribution for 2010-11.

5 Subject to confirmation.

Note:

All figures are in £000.