ESFA backs down on Adult Education Budget clawback - AoC responds

14 Jul 2021

Repsonding to the news that ESFA will allow colleges to make business cases to prevent adult education funding being clawed back, Julian Gravatt, AoC's Deputy Chief Executive said:

"After months of AoC and others calling on government to rethink this rigid approach to the adult education budget clawback we are pleased to see that colleges will be allowed to submit business cases to avoid losing crucial funding through no fault of their own. The hardline 10% tolerance was never going to be fair in a year disrupted by the pandemic from the outset and now more than ever, colleges need to stabilise their finances. The timing will be tight, with colleges given just a few weeks to return financial information, but ESFA’s flexibility is better late than never.”