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Adult education concessionary fees 

As a result of a 25 percent funding cut for adult education from 2011 to 2015, the Skills Funding Agency has reduced the groups of learners entitled to concessionary fees.

This means that from August 2011 those in receipt of the following benefits will no longer be able to use them to claim any concessionary or reduced rates:

* Council Tax Benefit
* Housing Benefit
* Income Support
* Working Tax Credit
* Pension Credit  
* Receipt of contribution based ESA (unless in the Work Related Activity Group)
* The unwaged dependants of those in receipt of the above benefits
* Those aged between 60 and 64 on 31 August 2011

Those who will remain entitled to concessionary rates are:

* Learners who are on skills for life literacy and numeracy based programmes. Those who are studying English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) are not included in this group
* Those in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) and their partners where there is a joint claim
* Those in receipt of Employment Support Allowance (ESA) in the Work Related Activity Group

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