Let GLA run London colleges

4th November 2005 at 00:00
The Mayor of London's suggestion that the Greater London Authority assume the Learning and Skills Council's responsibility for FE in the capital makes obvious sense.

The LSC employs able individuals, such as Jacqui Henderson (FE Focus, October 28). It produces voluminous and well-documented strategies. But it cannot then implement them. As anyone who has had any dealings with it must know, the LSC is not properly constituted as a decision-making body. The GLA is.

One solution is simply to transfer existing staff, funding and responsibilities to a committee of the GLA. A suitable chair of such a committee would not be hard to find.

To take just one example, you mention Neil Fletcher, now at the City Lit.

In the last days of the Inner London Education Authority, he was instrumental in bringing together five or so colleges to create what is now the University of the Arts.

This is the kind of thinking and action that London needs. As it is now constituted, it is the latter that the LSC cannot provide.

Sir Peter Newsam. Crankley House, Low Crankley Easingwold, York

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