Redundancies cost Learning and Skills Council £100m

The Learning and Skills Council has spent more than £100m on redundancies and reorganising over the past six years, it has been revealed.

Redundancy costs at the council, which is being restructured for the fourth time since 2000, reached £54.4m while “wind-down costs” amounted to £61.9m.

The government estimated that restructuring the council would save £40m a year, a small part of its £11bn budget.

David Willetts, shadow education secretary, said: “It is a depressing achievement for a fairly new body like the Learning and Skills Council to have already accumulated redundancy costs of £54.4m.”

A spokeswoman for the Department for Education and Skills said the redundancy costs needed to be put into context.

“It represents less than half of 1% of the total and must be considered alongside estimated annual savings of around £40m which will be achieved by the current restructuring exercise,” she said.

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