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Welfare Reform on the Web (March 2002): Education - UK - Training

CLASS WARS

N. Merrick

Public Finance, Dec. 14th 2001 - Jan 10th 2002, p. 26-27

Further Education and Sixth Form colleges came under the funding remit of the Learning and Skills Council in April 2001. School sixth forms will follow in 2002. Colleges believe they are underfunded compared to schools. The schools are concerned about having to adapt to a complicated new funding formula for sixth formers that for the first time takes into account not just a student's attendance on a course but whether they pass exams.

LEARNING ACCOUNTS SUCCESS TURNED TO POTENTIAL DISASTER

C. Adams and J. Kelly

Financial Times, Jan. 16th 2002, p. 5 + 1

Describes how the Individual Learning Accounts scheme was abandoned when it was discovered that the online system running it had been breached. The personal details of a large number of account holders had been got off the system and were being circulated. This could allow unscrupulous training providers to falsely claim fees from the government without delivering services.

TRAINING COLLAPSE MAY TRIGGER BIG JOB LOSSES

C. Adams and J. Kelly

Financial Times, Jan. 23rd 2002, p.2

A survey of 250 training providers has shown that the government's decision to scrap Individual Learning Accounts could lead to large-scale job losses and business closures in the sector.

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