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This Association discussed the White Paper last Friday.
Until we have considered all the White Paper proposals properly, it is too early to come to any decision about the size of local areas. Rather than concentrate on structures, we would prefer the discussion to focus on objectives and the value added to delivery of post 16 education by the proposals in the review.
(1) the accountability of the local skills and learning arrangements to democratic processes;
(2) the integration of skills, learning and business support arrangements into sound local governance; and
(3) ensuring that adequate funding is provided.
However, we support your general approach i.e. trying to ensure that there is no arbitrary figure for the country. The size of the area to be covered by the local Skills and Learning Councils should make local sense. In this area we have the Isle of Wight, two major cities (Portsmouth and Southampton) and a large mainland area of Hampshire with both urban and rural characteristics.
|Author:||Nick Goulder, Policy Manager|
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