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Tories speak out over LSC debacle

The Conservative party is urging the government not to scrap the beleaguered Learning and Skills Council (LSC) until it ‘sorts out the mess it has created’

Shadow Minister for Higher Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills, John Hayes says plans to replace the LSC with three ‘conflicting’ quangos – namely the Young Persons Learning Agency, Skills Funding Agency and Local Education Authorities – would be a mistake.

The AJ has already revealed that hundreds of architects’ jobs are at risk due to the LSC’s decision to indefinitely delay to at least 144 further education project worth £2.3 billion.

Speaking to the AJ, Hayes said: ‘Now is precisely the wrong time to [replace the LSC], and we are pressing for it to remain and sort out the mess it, and the government, created.

‘In the short term we believe that the government has to be completely honest with those involved in these projects, letting them know where they stand and enabling them to rebuild for the future.

In the long term, the question is one of competence, and this current government does not have the answer.’

Among the proposed solutions, the Conservatives are suggesting ‘a streamlined Further Education funding system’ providing ‘a stable framework for funding, emphasising competency and stability.’

According to sources, ‘some sort of’ decision about the way forward for LSC building programme and next steps for the 21-practices on the LSC framework is expected later today (22 April).

Read Hayes’ full commentary about the LSC debacle in this week’s AJ (23 April)

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