Rule Change 18/19 for adults on low wages

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  • Shelagh1

    Although the changes for adults on low wages in the funding rules is a welcome change and provides a more detailed explanation to previous documents in that it is explicit in terms of an actual figure:

    The new eligibility requirements for learners to receive full funding during the trial are:
    those that are eligible for co-funding, and,
    earn less than £15,736.50 annual gross salary based on the Social Mobility Commission’s low pay threshold of £8.07 (hourly rate in 2016) and on the assumption of a 37.5 hour contract with paid statutory holiday entitlement.

    However, as one of our manager’s pointed out, it is still open to question:
    do we read this that eligible learners need to be working full time? If part time do they need to earn less than £8.07 per hour?

    Or – is the detail provided an example of where the annual gross figure comes from?

    Shelagh (just when you think there has been some straight forward thinking)




    This was discussed on a thread in the Data Issues forum. Someone from ESFA confirmed its regardless of hours worked and regardless of hourly rate they are paid

    Hopefully this link will take you to the thread:



    Thanks Steve, I have now looked at the thread. I did actually search for anything that would have been discussed under this issue before I submitted by query, but I must have missed this.

    Thank you for pointing me to it, you’re always helpful.


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