Eager to keep people up-to-speed with what is going on in post-19 education, Alan Tucket, the Niace director, organised a seminar at the Association of Colleges' annual conference in Birmingham this week. That was, until the AoC said there would be a charge for holding the discussion.
The notion of fees tends to make Niace see red these days, so it cancelled the event.
It all seems a bit strange, considering the AoC itself recognises adult education is a burning issue. Still, at least this time we can't blame the politicians for putting people off learning by charging fees.