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Was the Chancellor’s budget for FE a giant con? #SkillsWorldLive Radio 4.2

Was the Chancellor’s budget for FE a giant con?
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In this week’s show, Skills World Live presenter Tom Bewick, looks at the impact of the recent Budget and Spending Review for FE and skills. 

The Department for Education says the three year settlement for FE will result in a 26 per cent real terms increase on levels invested in 2019. 

However, analysis by the Learning and Work Institute has found that by 2025, spending will still be on average, £750 million less on FE than it was in 2010.

There is a special segment looking at the ongoing controversy of the Level 3 qualifications review, including analysis of education questions in the House of Commons on Monday; and later in the week, the appearance of the education secretary and DfE perm sec, at the Education Select Committee

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Featuring in this week’s episode: 

  • Nadhim Zahawi MP, Secretary of State for Education 
  • Susan Acland Hood, Perm Sec, DfE
  • Vera Hobhouse MP, Liberal Democrat 
  • Robert Halfon MP, chair of the Education Select Committee 
  • Alun Francis, Principal of Oldham College and Deputy Chair, Social Mobility Commission 
  • Stephen Evans, Chief executive, Learning and Work Institute

Don’t forget to tune into two special livestreams of the show on FE News, broadcast from #FAB2021, next week in Leicester (11th and 12th November).

Look out for further details on FE News and  


The #SkillsWorldLive Radio Show is aired live every Friday at 10:30am on the Skills World Live Productions website.

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