Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Reducing Bureaucracy in Further Education in England
HC 1803, Seventy-sixth Report of Session 2010-12 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence
- House of Commons - Committee of Public Accounts
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
'Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Reducing Bureaucracy in Further Education in England (HC 1803)' reports on how the various Government bodies that interact with the further education sector, have different funding, qualification and assurance systems; the differences in the information required and collected creates an unnecessary burden for training providers, and diverts money away from learners.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) provide funding for further education students aged 19-plus. The Department for Education (DfE) and the Young People's Learning Agency (YPLA) fund further education for 16-to-18-year-olds. Together these departments provided £7.7 billion in funding to the sector during the 2010/11 academic year.
To provide value for money, the systems for each department and agency need to be appropriate, efficient, avoid unnecessary duplication, and balance the protections they provide for public money with the costs of the bureaucracy they impose.
No single body is currently accountable for reducing bureaucracy in the further education sector. Instead, the two departments and the two funding agencies maintain separate responsibilities based on their funding streams.
Both departments and their funding agencies have launched separate initiatives designed to simplify the requirements they place on providers. However BIS does not manage the simplification as a programme with a clear and consistent goal and has failed to express a rational view on the amount they would like to reduce the bureaucracy, or the method by which to measure its progress.
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