The Union Learning Fund (ULF) supports working people to access skills and training at work, through their unions. The ULF delivers an estimated net contribution to the economy of more than £1.4 billion as a result of a boost to jobs, wages and productivity. The scheme benefits workers, our economy and business and has reached thousands of learners over the years, many with no prior qualifications.
In early October, the Government announced that it is ending the ULF from March 2021. The Government attempted to justify their position by highlighting their “expanded commitment to skills development through the National Skills Fund, and Lifetime Skills Guarantee”. I am strongly opposed to the Government’s decision to cut the ULF. I have therefore written directly to the Government asking them to reconsider their decision to cut the fund.
As increasing damage is inflicted on the economy and people continue to lose their jobs due to the Government’s mishandling of the Coronavirus pandemic, I believe it is more important than ever for the Government to help people with new skills and retraining.