Magazine article Public Finance

Councils Must 'Have Control of Skills Funds'

Magazine article Public Finance

Councils Must 'Have Control of Skills Funds'

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Town halls should be given greater control over skills spending to simplify the proposed new system and improve training, a think-tank has argued.

The New Local Government Network report, Licence to skill, published on August 29, said local authorities should be able to choose how to aggregate the commissioning of skills training on a sub-regional basis, covering 14-19 education and post- 19 adult learning.

The report said plans to devolve funding responsibility for 16-19-year-olds to councils, principally through new Multi-Area Agreements, should go much further when the Learning and Skills Council is abolished in 2010.

Report author Nick Hope said: 'Power and funding should be devolved to local authorities to create a more unified, integrated and locally responsive education and skills system that better serves employers and learners. …

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