Cookies: We use cookies to give you the best possible experience on our site. By continuing to use the site you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more
House of Commons Hansard
x
Learning Disability
23 March 2010
Volume 508
The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate has been made of the number of learners with learning difficulties and or disabilities who will be categorised under the provision of the Adult Learner Responsive sub-total for the Foundation Learning (excluding Skills for Life) category in the Strategy Document, Skills Investment Strategy 2010-11, November 2009 in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11; and if he will make a statement. [323202]

The edit just sent has not been saved. The following error was returned:
This content has already been edited and is awaiting review.

The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) is responsible for the funding of further education (FE) and training for adult learners aged 19 and over.

It is for learners to declare whether or not they consider themselves to have a learning difficulty and/or disability (LDD). As a result, the actual number of learners in this category accessing FE and skills provision will vary from year to year depending on demand, but has been around 200,000 each year from 2006/07 to 2008/09 academic year (the latest whole year for which data is available).

Within this overall total, learners with LDD follow various courses, depending on their personal preferences or the nature of their disability. It is therefore not possible to say how many learners of the total with LDD will pursue courses that would be categorised as Foundation Learning through Adult Learner Responsive route. The Skills Investment Strategy 2010-11, does, however, set out the commitment that the total adult FE and Skills budget will provide sufficient funding to maintain volumes at the level of previous years.