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Stalled LSC projects receive £50m boost

The government has injected £50 million into further education colleges - potentially restarting up to 50 schemes stalled during the LSC funding debacle

Up to £1 million will be made available to colleges on the basis they raise the remaining 65 per cent of project costs themselves. The fund is aimed at completing projects by the start of the 2011-12 academic year .

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills is yet to confirm a bidding process. A spokesperson said: ‘[We] expect colleges to be able to apply for the fund shortly.’

The announcement came earlier this week as chancellor George Osborne revealed his £6.2 billion programme of public spending cuts.

In February the LSC confirmed that it would offer a total of £34 million in compensation to colleges that suffered as a result of problems with its £5 billion college renewal programme.

The Learning and Skills Council was formally disbanded on 31 March, its remaining functions split into the Skills Funding Agency and Young People’s Learning Agency.

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