Centres most affected by the reductions in the other adult skills budget

Bear Ridal made this Freedom of Information request to Skills Funding Agency

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Dear Skills Funding Agency,

In Peter Lauener's letter to SFA funded colleges and training providers of 26th February it states:

"As in previous years, my teams in the Skills Funding Agency and the Education Funding Agency will be reviewing the combined impact of final allocations once these are issued in March 2015 and will be reviewing the financial forecasts returned by colleges in July 2015.

We will also contact those of you most affected by the reductions in the other adult skills budget to discuss the implications of this for your organisation. We are working as quickly as possible to issue the full detail of your individual allocations."

Please provide a spreadsheet in excel of those centres "most affected by the reductions" that the SFA intends to contact.

Yours faithfully,

Ridal

Russel Bailey, Skills Funding Agency

Dear Ridal

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your request for information.

You have referred to part of Peter Lauener's statement which read:

"We will also contact those of you most affected by the reductions n the other adult skills budget to discuss the implications of this for your organisation"

You have requested a spreadsheet in excel of those centres "most affected by the reductions" that the SFA intends to contact.

We will respond in accordance with the provisions of the Act on or before 22 April.

Yours sincerely

Russel Bailey
Office of the Chief Executive of Skills Funding
Skills Funding Agency

Russel Bailey, Skills Funding Agency

Dear Ridal

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your request for information.

You have referred to part of Peter Lauener's statement which read:

"We will also contact those of you most affected by the reductions n the other adult skills budget to discuss the implications of this for your organisation"

You have requested a spreadsheet in excel of those centres "most affected by the reductions" that the SFA intends to contact.

We will respond in accordance with the provisions of the Act on or before 22 April.

Yours sincerely

Russel Bailey
Office of the Chief Executive of Skills Funding
Skills Funding Agency

Russel Bailey, Skills Funding Agency

Dear Ridal

I refer to your request for information in which you asked for 'a spreadsheet in excel of those centres "most affected by the reductions" that the SFA intends to contact'.

Your request was made in relation to a letter from Peter Lauener to SFA funded colleges and training providers of 26th February and which stated:

"As in previous years, my teams in the Skills Funding Agency and the Education Funding Agency will be reviewing the combined impact of final allocations once these are issued in March 2015 and will be reviewing the financial forecasts returned by colleges in July 2015.

We will also contact those of you most affected by the reductions in the other adult skills budget to discuss the implications of this for your organisation. We are working as quickly as possible to issue the full detail of your individual allocations".

Your request referred to "centres", whereas the communication from Peter Lauener related to colleges and other training providers. Whilst we do not hold information you have requested in relation to 'centres' we do consider we hold information for Further Education colleges and other training providers, and we have therefore treated the request accordingly.

We consider disclosure of such information would be likely to prejudice the commercial interests of those organisations and, therefore, section 43(2) (commercial interests) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 is engaged.

Section 43(2) is a qualified exemption which requires the Agency to consider the public interest test in relation to the information. Section 10 allows reasonable time for a public authority to extend the period of time for this purpose. At this point in time, therefore, the Agency is refusing the information requested in accordance with section 17 of the Act. However, we currently consider we will reach a decision within 10 working days.on whether the public interest favours the disclosure or withholding of requested information I will therefore write to you further on or before 7 May.

Whilst we have not concluded the handling of the request and the Office of the Chief Executive of Skills Funding is not specified with legal obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, we seek to handle requests for information in accordance with the provisions of the Act.

We can therefore advise that, should you in due course seek a review of our handling of your request, details of our procedure are published on our website here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati...

If you do complain and remain dissatisfied, you can seek to complain to the Information Commissioner. Details of his complaint procedure are published here:

https://ico.org.uk/concerns/getting/

Yours sincerely

Russel Bailey
Records, Rights and Business Continuity Manager
Office of the Chief Executive of Skills Funding
Skills Funding Agency