The point is equity, not subsidy

7th November 1997 at 00:00
A TES article (FE Focus, October 24) doubted whether a more realistic London weighting for FE colleges would bring this college or similar institutions to a national average funding level.

But no one ever claimed that it should. The argument is about equity, not subsidy. Until now, there has been no way to know whether the funding level for individual colleges was right or wrong, because the costs of, for example, working with disadvantaged client groups or in London were not acknowledged in the funding methodology. As a result, FE's convergence debate got bogged down in arguments about regional and social costs. Now there is a prospect of appropriate weightings, all colleges can go forward together.

One last point: for most metropolitan colleges, the effect of a new weighting will only be to reduce somewhat the level of future cuts.


Principal Lambeth College, London SW4

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now