Autumn Budget 2017

Below are links to our Autumn Budget Representation to the Treasury. Our ten recommendations are extracted below.

Link to pdf document (opens as a new webpage) – HOLEX Autumn Budget 2017 Representation

Link to Word document (downloads document) – HOLEX Autumn Budget 2017 Representation


In the Autumn Budget on 22 November 2017 the Chancellor should:


  1. Announce the preparation of an Adult Education, Skills and Employment Strategy with equal status to the Industrial Strategy.


  1. Create an Adult Basic Skills BREXIT Fund for low-skilled sectors so they can recruit staff from the resident UK population.


  1. Pledge additional new funding for an adult-led National Retraining Scheme linked to an extended Right to Request Time off to Train.


  1. Resource the enhanced role of adult education, including additional resource to fund:
  • the Digital Skills Entitlement so that adults and young people can embrace the digital revolution;
  • English language provision linked to formalised local action plans;
  • Induction and first rung provision across the skills and employment sector so more people can return to the labour market;
  • Tackling metal health through education programmes.


  1. Commit to reviewing the way adult education funding is allocated and inspected and announce a government review of different options for Personal Learning Accounts combined with Individual Learner Records.


  1. Expand loans – support the National Retraining scheme
  • allow the existing adult-fee loans programme to fund units of qualifications
  • promote adult level 3 and 4 students by providing maintenance loans


  1. Recognise the importance of education to the older person.


  1. Provide resources to promote the fact that employers paying the apprenticeship levy can use payments to train older workers as apprentices.


  1. Promote and resource family learning.


  1. Invest resources in the adult education workforce so that the sector can deliver the provision needed to meet the challenge of getting more of the resident workforce into work following BREXIT, and longer working lives.