David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, is one of the sponsors of the Early Day Motion 129 on Lifelong Learning in the House of Commons, that calls on the Government to review the way adult education is funded (16/11). One in three adult learning places may be lost in the next three years, most of which could be places for disabled people and vulnerable groups, according to the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education. Mr Evennett said “I am very concerned about the possible loss of these places considering the skills shortage we have. This has consequences for those on low and fixed incomes, families and pensioners who will not be able to afford inflated fees. It is an outrage that these possible cuts could be targeted at vulnerable groups”.
Mr Evennett added “We need more emphasis on training, skills and job-related opportunities. It is a tremendous problem for our society that we do not have enough plumbers, carpenters and skilled trades people. I look with interest to the further education Bill highlighted in the Queen’s Speech to show us how exactly the Government plan to overcome the skills shortage”.
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