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Skills: sweet or savoury?

13 May 2013

The divergence of opinion in Whitehall over where skills funding should be administered from continues. Recent comments by Vince Cable have highlighted that he for one doesn’t think that such funding should be part of the new ‘single pot’ which Lord Heseltine was instrumental in gaining Treasury support for.

In this week’s Local Government Chronicle Lord Adonis describes the issue as a “massive Whitehall bunfight” and it doesn’t seem likely that it will be concluded anytime soon. The single pot is already less than Lord Heseltine had proposed, with his original suggestions combining upwards of £49 billion of funding. The Treasury announced in March this year that the new funding stream from 2015 would encompass some” funding for housing, transport and skills.

If Vince Cable’s Victoria sponge ends up having more weight than the Treasury’s cucumber sandwich then the significance of the single pot may start to be in doubt.

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