SFA Funding

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Dear Norton Radstock College,

"You will be aware that paragraph 12 of the SFA Funding Rules 2012/13 is newly revised and states that “Where the Agency has made a full contribution to the costs of a Learner’s programme, Providers must not make compulsory charges to employers or Learners for any delivery of the learning activity funded by the Agency.
This includes: administration, registration, assessment, materials or examination costs whether incurred directly by the Provider or charged by other organisations such as awarding organisations. This includes charges for identification passes, uniforms, tools and material where without them, a learner cannot complete and achieve their learning aim.”

Please can you provide me with the following information:

1. The estimated cost to the college of implementing these requirements in the year ahead
2. Copies of any papers, including at Corporation level, pertaining to the implementation of these requirements
3. Can you make clear whether you are intending to apply these standards to other provision in the college, and specifically whether you intend to implement for EFA funded provision

You will also be aware of changes to the required Instrument & Articles for the college that give it freedom to adopt new structures and practices.

Please can you provide me with the following information:

1. The number of student members of the corporation at present
2. The existing methodology in use for their appointment/selection/election
3. If there are any plans to change the number, or methodology for their appointment/selection/election"

Yours faithfully,

Jim Dickinson

Clare Bamford, Norton Radstock College

Dear Mr Dickinson,

Your email has been passed to me so that I may respond to your request to make available certain information under the Freedom of information Act 2000.

I can confirm that the College is aware of the paragraph to which you refer. This appears as paragraph 20 in the “Funding Rules 2012/13 version 3” and not paragraph 12.

I can also confirm that the College will adhere to the published guidance of both the SFA and EFA.

I am also in a position to provide a detailed response to your questions and supply excerpts of the documents that you have requested.

In this case, a fee of £107 is payable to the College before I can provide the information.

This fee has been calculated in accordance with the Freedom of Information & Data Protection (Appropriate Limit & Fees) Regulations 2004.

I will be unable to continue processing your request until this fee is paid in full. If you wish the college to continue to deal with your request you should pay the fee by the 31st October 2012. Cheques must be made payable to Norton Radstock College and sent for the attention of the Finance Manager. If the College does not receive payment by this date I will conclude that you do not wish to pursue the matter and consider this request closed.

Yours sincerely,

Clare Bamford

Clare Bamford
Clerk to the Corporation
Telephone : 01761 433161 ext 387

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