Magazine article Public Finance

Offender Learning and Skills Service 'Fails to Deliver'

Magazine article Public Finance

Offender Learning and Skills Service 'Fails to Deliver'

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The Offenders' Learning and Skills Service came under fire this week by a group of senior MPs for its failure to deliver essential education and skills to prisoners and offenders.

The service - set up to overcome the long-standing problems that have undermined attempts to provide education to prisoners and offenders - has failed in almost every respect, said the Commons Public Accounts Committee.

In its report Meetingneeds? The Offenders 'Learning and Skills Service, the PAC highlighted bad funding arrangements, poor service delivery and inadequate joint working between the service, the prison service and the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

PAC chair Edward Leigh MP said: 'Funding is distributed between prisons without reference to need. A quarter of prisoners have no screening or assessment for learning and skills, making it very difficult to plan useful provision. …

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