Skip to main content

Skills Councils: Finance

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills budget will be allocated to sector skills councils in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11. (309509)

In 2009-10, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills have been allocated £72,724,000 to fund Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) for both their core activity supporting skills development within their sectors and other work creating and maintaining vocational qualifications and diplomas in England.

The grant in aid arrangements for the UK Commission for Employment and Skills in 2010-11, including the allocation for SSCs, have still to be finalised.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding his Department plans to provide to sector skills councils other than funding from the budget of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. (309510)

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills provides some funding to two of the Sector Skills Councils—Government Skills and Lifelong Learning UK.

Government Skills, the Sector Skills Council for central Government, is a part of the Department. As well as its funding from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, Government Skills received £2.3 million in 2009-10 from the Department’s Vote, of which £1.5 million has been contributed by employers across the sector.

For Lifelong Learning UK the Department provided funding of £16 million in 2009-10. Lifelong Learning UK’s 2010-11 funding level has still to be finalised although there will be a significant reduction in funding.