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“Autumn Statement has done little to change the challenging public finance outlook for Wales” – Jane Hutt
Wales’ Finance Minister Jane Hutt has responded to the UK Government’s Autumn Statement – saying that it has done little to change the challenging public finance outlook for Wales.
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- “Autumn Statement has done little to change the challenging public finance outlook for Wales” – Jane Hutt
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- School term dates regulations
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Section highlightThe Housing (Wales) Bill
The Bill will introduce significant improvements across the housing sector to ensure that people have access to a decent, affordable home and better housing-related services.
Legislative programme 2013 - 2014 »
The First Minister detailed the 8 bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the 3rd year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightProject pipeline update - December 2013
This Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan annex highlights planned investments and potential procurement opportunities.
Final Budget 2014-15 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Departments for 2014-15 is £14.9bn.Learn more »
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Further Education Student Financial Support
Further education can mean the learning of basic skills such as numeracy or literacy, or work related training for commerce and industry. Further education can lead onto higher education or university and is usually provided by local colleges or schools.
Further Education normally refers to post-16 study. There is funding available to help you make the most of further education opportunities.
If you’re aged between 16 and 18 you normally won’t have to pay your tuition fees and you might also be eligible for an Education Maintenance Allowance.
Some Local Authorities also provide their own support to learners.
If you’re 19 or over and studying full-time you might be charged tuition fees. Most further education colleges offer free or discounted tuition to learners from low income families, disabled learners or for learners on benefits.
You might also be eligible for an Assembly Learning Grant, which is provided by the Welsh Assembly Government.
Career Development Loan
If you are 18 or over you can apply for a Career Development Loan if you don’t qualify for any other support, as long as the learning gives you the skills needed for an occupation, trade or profession. This is called ‘vocational training’. You can apply for a Career Development Loan if you are studying either full or part-time.
These are loans of between £300 and £8,000 which you can borrow to support any course of learning that will help you in your career.
The Government pays the interest while you’re learning and you don’t start repaying until you finish. It will cover up to 80% of your course fees or 100% if you’ve been out of work for 3 months or more, plus the cost of books and other learning materials.
The loans come from three high street banks taking part in the scheme and anyone can qualify if they’re aged over 18, particularly if they don’t qualify for funding through their local authority.
For more information call the CDL Information Line on 0800 585 505.
Part-Time Further Education
If you’re 19 or over and studying part-time, you might be charged tuition fees. Most further education colleges offer free or discounted tuition to learners from low income families, disabled learners or for learners on benefits.
If you find that you have financial difficulties during your studies, your college may also be able to help you. If you find yourself in this position, talk with your college to see if they can help.
If you study a part-time course more than 275 hours over the year, you may also be eligible for an Assembly Learning Grant.
If you’re out of work and studying part-time, you might still qualify for Jobseeker’s Allowance. Your course needs to be less than 16 hours a week and you need to show that you’re still available for work. Check this with your local Jobcentre Plus office.
If you are in Further Education or part-time Higher Education and are studying at an institution or college in Wales you can apply for help from the Financial Contingency Fund. Similar arrangements to the Financial Contingency Fund apply in England through the Access to Learning Fund and Learner Support Funds schemes. For more information contact your university or college.
If you are on a work based learning course you can apply for help from the learning provider where you’re studying. If you are staying in school or are learning in the community you should apply for help from the local council where you’re studying.
For information about childcare that is available in your area call 0800 096 0296 or visit the Childcare Link website.
If you need help in getting to and from a place of learning, or need to travel as part of your course you may qualify for free or subsidised transport.
If you’re over 16 and staying at school you’ll usually qualify if you live in the school’s catchment area but need to travel more than a set distance to get there.
If you’re aged 16-19 and studying full-time at a further education college, you’ll usually qualify for free transport. If you’re aged 19 or over or studying part-time you may also qualify for free or subsidised travel.
Ask for details from the student welfare officer wherever you’re learning or planning to learn.