Training company Learndirect should face an investigation after it was rated "inadequate" by Ofsted, the chair of the Public Accounts Committee says. The firm is estimated to have received more than ÂŁ600m of public funding since 2011, but Meg Hillier said the government must demonstrate there were consequences for failure. Ofsted has told the BBC no training provider should be beyond scrutiny. Learndirect said it had made strong progress in improving its provision.
More than a hundred universities are calling for a rethink on the costs for poorer students in England. Universities UK says ministers should look again at grants for living costs and interest rates for some graduates. Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable told the BBC the existing system was "politically difficult to sustain". Ministers have defended current tuition fees of £9,250 a year as providing sustainable funding for universities and fairness for graduates.
At what point does a company supported by public money become too big to fail? Last week the UK's largest training provider, Learndirect Ltd, was rated inadequate after an extensive inspection by the watchdog, Ofsted. As the BBC reported, the inspectors were worried about a decline in standards that meant too few people were getting the skills they needed to work.
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Selecting a term
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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