Archive for February 15th, 2012

SFA rewards over performance (Discretionary Learner Support reallocation)

Those providers in receipt of a Discretionary Learner Support (dLS) Allocation for the academic year 2010/11 submitted a final year- end return in November 2011.

These returns have now been reconciled and the SFA will now recycle funds from under performing to providers who have over delivered against their overall dLS 2010/11 allocation.

Providers will be notified through their February 2012 remittance advice note of their final year-end position. A £1,000 minimum has been applied to any under and/or over delivery.
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Minimum 12 duration for Apprenticeships

From August 2012 the minimum duration of 12 months for Apprenticeships for those aged 16-18 will beign. This will be a requirement in the 2012/13 Funding Rules which are expected to be published by the end of March 2012. The new rules will apply to all new starts from 1 August 2012 onwards and not to those already in learing prior to August.

The SFA is however encouraging all training organisations and employers to offer all existing apprentices (16-18) a 12 month minimum programme.

See the full SFA Statement here

The National Apprenticeship Service is currently reviewing the position with regard to a minimum duration time for those apprentices aged 19 and over.

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Work and Pensions Committee


Select Committee Announcement

15 February 2012

For Immediate Release:

AN64 2010–12


Forthcoming publication:


Government support towards the additional living costs of working-age disabled people

The Work and Pensions Committee will publish its Seventh Report of Session 2010-12, Government support towards the additional living costs of working-age disabled people (HC 1493), on Sunday 19 February at 00:01am.

The report contains the Committee’s findings from its inquiry into reform of Disability Living Allowance and the introduction of the Personal Independence Payment.

Embargoed advance copies of the report will be available to witnesses and the press from 10.00 am on Friday 17 February. Please call 020 7219 2839 or email workpencom@parliament.uk to request an advance copy.

Further information


Committee membership:

Dame Anne Begg MP (Chair) (Lab, Aberdeen South), Mrs Debbie Abrahams MP (Oldham East and Saddleworth), Harriett Baldwin MP (Con, West Worcestershire), Andrew Bingham MP (Con, High Peak), Karen Bradley MP (Con, Staffordshire Moorlands), Sheila Gilmore (Lab, Edinburgh East),  Mr Oliver Heald MP (Con, North East Hertfordshire), Glenda Jackson MP (Lab, Hampstead and Highgate), Brandon Lewis MP, (Con, Great Yarmouth), Stephen Lloyd MP (Lib Dem, Eastbourne), Teresa Pearce MP (Lab, Erith and Thamesmead)

Specific Committee Informationworkpencom@parliament.uk 020 7219 2839

Media Information: abbottj@parliament.uk 020 7219 0724

Committee Website: www.parliament.uk/workpencom

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Publications/Reports/Reference Material:

Copies of all select committee reports are available from the Parliamentary Bookshop (12 Bridge St, Westminster, 020 7219 3890) or the Stationery Office (0845 7023474).  Committee reports, press releases, evidence transcripts, Bills; research papers, a directory of MPs, plus Hansard (from 8am daily) and much more, can be found on www.parliament.uk

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Labour market statistics: Unemployment up, inactivity down

The key points from this release are:

  • The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 was 70.3 per cent, up 0.1 on the quarter. There were 29.13 million people in employment aged 16 and over, up 60,000 on the quarter. The unemployment rate was 8.4 per cent of the economically active population, up 0.1 on the quarter. There were 2.67 million unemployed people, up 48,000 on the quarter. The unemployment rate has not been higher since 1995. The inactivity rate for those aged from 16 to 64 was 23.1 per cent, down 0.2 on the quarter. There were 9.29 million economically inactive people aged from 16 to 64, down 78,000 on the quarter.
  • Total pay (including bonuses) rose by 2.0 per cent on a year earlier, unchanged on the three months to November 2011. Regular pay (excluding bonuses) rose by 2.0 per cent on a year earlier, up 0.1 on the three months to November 2011.

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