West Cheshire College funding

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Dear Cheshire West and Chester Council,

Would you please let me know what financial connections there are between the Council and West Cheshire College? For example, in 2012-2013 what funding was given to West Cheshire College by or via the Council? Does the Council monitor expenditure at West Cheshire College?

Yours faithfully,

mr j garlits

Cheshire West and Chester Council

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Ray McHale left an annotation ()

FE Colleges have been autonomous for 20 years - though there may be scope for councils to appoint a single Governor. That is not to say their would be co-operation in terms of 16 - 19 education, training and economic development. http://www.aoc.co.uk/en/about_colleges/2...

Cheshire West and Chester Council

RE: Your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

Case Reference: 101001609472

Dear Mr Garlits

Thank you for your email 12th October 2013.

It will be treated as a request within the meaning of the Act: this means that we will send you a full response within 20 working days, either supplying you with the information which you want, or explaining to you why we cannot supply it.

If we need any further clarification or there is any problem we will be in touch.

In the meantime if you wish to discuss this further please contact me. It would be helpful if you could quote the log number 1609472.

Yours sincerely

Scott Robertson
FOI Unit

Solutions Team

Cheshire West and Chester Council

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mr j garlits left an annotation ()

Dear Mr McHale,

Thank you for your very helpful annotation.

The site linked to says "... 20 years since Further Education and Sixth Form Colleges left local authority control to become publicly-funded, autonomous institutions." As you can see I'm not up on these things!

Are you able to indicate for me where these publicly funded institutions now get their funding from and who monitors their spending of this public money, please?

FOI West, Cheshire West and Chester Council

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Dear Mr Garlits

 

Thank you for your request for information of 12 October 2013 which has
been logged as 1609472.  I confirm that Cheshire West and Chester Council
hold information relating to your request and am able to provide you with
the following response.  This request has been dealt with under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

For the purpose of clarity,  I have reproduced your request and append the
answers beneath each question:

 

Would you please let me know what financial connections there are between
the Council and West Cheshire College?

For example, in 2012-2013 what funding was given to West Cheshire College
by or via the Council?

In the financial year 2012-13 transactions totalling £276,010.30 were paid
directly to West Cheshire College.

This is summarised in the attached spreadsheet.

 

Does the Council monitor expenditure at West Cheshire College?

No

 

I trust this answers your enquiry.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Ruth Winson

Solutions Team

Cheshire West and Chester Council

 

 

 

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mr j garlits left an annotation ()

As Cheshire West and Chester Council gave a not insignificant £276,000 to West Cheshire College in 2012-2013, and having re-read my own question, I'm a bit puzzled about why Ray McHale left the annotation above.

Ray McHale left an annotation ()

The sum you quote is a relatively small amount compared to the cost of running an FE college. As far as I am aware the Government provides funding directly to the college (probably based on numbers of people enrolling on and staying on approved courses). They may get some funding from other organisations (perhaps some big employers). I suspect any funding from CWAC will be CWAC commissioning the College to run certain courses either for CWAC or in collaboration with CWAC - e.g. basic skills courses which the Council wants to run to meet Government and Council objectives. There can be collaboration with the DWP on these courses as well. It certainly won't be a simple case of the Council saying - here is some money to spend. They may also pay the college to deliver training courses for some council staff (perhaps in areas like social care) or for Higher Level Teaching Assistants. This funding will still be administered and controlled by the Governors of the College via their own paid staff (but probably with an element of independent audit).

Ray McHale left an annotation ()

Sorry, should have looked at the spread sheet included in the response - which basically shows that money going from the Council to the College is CWAC buying services from the College - either for staff training, for adult courses like basic skills, or for 14 - 19 year olds, where school pupils may do certain courses at college, and the college is paid for this training. The key point is the Council has no control over the college, and no substantial involvement - although it may collaborate with them or buy services from them.

mr j garlits left an annotation ()

Thanks Ray. Very informative. I can see now that you appear to have made assumptions about my enquiry. I asked what financial connections there are between the Council and West Cheshire College. Not whether the Council has any form of control because of them. Thanks again though.