The Department of Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) has published the Skills Investment Strategy for the funding of Further Education in 2010-11. This is what has been called the Funding Priorities statement. The contents were trailed in the 'Observer' recently. It does include reductions in Adult Learner Responsive funding as well as in adult apprenticeship funding. Skills for Life funding will also be reduced - although with an expectation that volume of provision continues:
"As capacity and quality of provision has developed significantly since the start of the strategy, this uplift will be reduced to 1.2 for all Skills for Life provision with the exception of Entry Level numeracy where it will remain at 1.4, reflecting the need to build capacity to support more learners at this level."
There are further limitations to the discretionary Learner Support Fund in relation to fees and ther 'assumed private contribution' i.e. fees, rises to 50%.
Two references to Specialist Designated Institutions:
“SDIs will continue to
have transitional protection in recognition of their different mission, and how
their provision continues to focus largely on activity more aligned with
informal adult learning”
“We will consider how SDIs should be funded in the longer term as part of the wider Spending Review process”