Supporting Higher Education in London

London Higher submits response to the Lifelong Loan Entitlement (LLE) consultation

London Higher is today calling on the Department for Education (DfE) to link local skills plans to its Strategic Priorities Grant (SPG) in its response to the UK Government’s consultation the lifelong loan entitlement (LLE) from 2025.

The membership organisation – representing the largest regional grouping of universities and higher education colleges in the country – is calling for the DfE to integrate regional skills plans from across the country into the design of the LLE to provide the best chance of tackling local skills shortages and meeting the specific needs of regional economies.

As part of the plans outlined by London Higher, targeted funding from the SPG would be allocated to higher education providers within each region to incentivise them to offer provision from Levels 4 to 6 that specifically addresses local skills gaps identified by the relevant local authorities. In London, these would include the seven areas highlighted by the Mayor of London’s ‘Skills Roadmap for London’.

In its LLE consultation response, London Higher also calls for:

Commenting on the consultation, Dr Diana Beech, CEO of London Higher said;

“The Lifelong Loan Entitlement is a welcome and ambitious reform which, if we get it right, could unlock opportunities for learners at all stages and address pressing skills needs across the regions.

The geography of UK industry is diverse. That’s why we believe that skills gaps are best identified and supported at the regional level, where relevant authorities can help build a more nuanced understanding of specific local talent needs.

Our proposal to link the LLE to the Strategic Priorities Grant (SPG) and local skills plans is a sure-fire way to maximise the potential of the LLE across the regions and ensure providers are addressing local skills gaps designated as priorities by local government.”

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