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SFA - A waste of money?

An article this week on Personnel Today* slams the money being "wasted" on the Skills Funding Agency.  

BIS figures show that £41.8m has been spent on setting up the SFA which replaces the LSC in April.  Employers Association EEF Limited have highlighted that all of the LSC staff have transferred across to the SFA under TUPE arrangements and the board is made up of LSC Directors, so the question being posed by EEF to Kevin Brennan (Skills Minister) is how the SFA will differ from the LSC if it is staffed by the same people.  

This article really struck a chord because we know that similar frustrations are felt by many in the welfare to work industry.  Questions have been raised by many providers about the restrictions and problems caused by TUPE arrangements, particularly most recently in relation to FND.

The situation is best described by Nigel Fletcher (EEF Skills Policy Adviser) who said:

"Our concern is [the SFA] is supposed to be a new funding agency with a different ethos to the LSC, and it does raise questions about how the change of culture will take place if it is the same people doing the same jobs."  


Copyright: PersonnelToday.com


The article doesn't offer any answers but it will be interesting to see if this issue is taken seriously and if it gains any momentum in the coming weeks.



*Personnel Today is a brand of RBI UK who also own Computer Weekly, Kellysearch, New Scientist, Totaljobs and XpertHR.



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