THE Learning and Skills Council last week announced it would not be providing the funding promised towards a new adult education centre in the heart of Westminster.
This decision is hugely disappointing. Ultimately, this could prove a severe blow to the future education prospects of thousands of adult learners from across the capital at a time when helping our residents acquire the skills they need to get back into training and employment is more important than ever.
Despite this setback, I would like to reassure your readers that I have written to Kevin Brennan MP, the minister of state for the department for business innovation and skills, and will be looking to have further negotiations to discuss whether we can have the funding we were promised in phases.
Westminster has one of the most successful adult education services in the capital and is the largest local authority provider of education and training for adults in central London.
A new education centre replacing the current buildings which are not fit for purpose would serve not only Westminster residents but also learners from across the capital.
We will continue to lobby the Government on this vital issue and urge them to reconsider their decision.
Councillor Ed Argar, Cabinet member adults and community services, Westminster Council