Tories accuse government of cutting skills training for adults with learning disabilities

The government has been accused of cutting skills courses for adults with learning disabilities in favour of more vocational programmes.


Shadow education minister Maria Miller said that the government was neglecting course for adults with learning disabilities.


“The government’s policy to focus further education funding on skills for life and Level 2 qualifications has meant that courses suitable for adults with severe learning disabilities are being cut in further education colleges,” she said.


But junior education minister Phil Hope said that helping people


with learning difficulties was “a priority”.


Hope said the government had spent £1.5bn on helping people with learning difficulties and disabilities in 2004-05.


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