The government is consulting on cuts to community education. In this piece, published by WonkHE in 2022, UALL Chair Professor Jonathan Michie argues that universities need to speak up.

In a series on “Britain’s Growth Crisis”, the Economist points out that in Britain “adult education has gone to seed”. Yet the government plans to make matters worse.

Buried in paragraph 60 of the Department for Education’s FE Funding and Accountability consultation are proposals to cut community education – removing funding from the most vulnerable in society.

This would hit those in deprived areas the most, increasing regional inequalities. The opposite of “levelling up”. The document has no Equalities Impact Assessment – but those who’d lose most are those most in need. Over 300,000 adult learners would be hit. The opposite of “building back better”.

Read the full text of the article online on WonkHE’s website.


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