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Further 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 Further Education Development, Capacity and Quality budget for 2010-11 will be spent; and if he will make a statement. (309505)

The Skills Investment Strategy, setting out investment in Further Education (FE) and Skills for 2010-11, was published in November 2009. £3.5 billion, an increase of 3 per cent. on 2009-10, will be routed through the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to support training places.

In addition, the SFA will invest £241 million in FE development, capacity and quality in 2010-11. Detailed allocations of this resource will be made by the SFA in due course. This funding supports a wide range of initiatives aimed at promoting the effectiveness and quality of FE, including, for example, information, advice and guidance services for adult learners. The final allocations of this resource will continue to support Government priorities, as set out in the Skills Investment Strategy.