Following learner protests across the new North East Combined Authority, we are delighted to announce that NECA, under the leadership of new Mayor Kim McGuinness, has informed the WEA that they are re-instating grant funding.

Simon Parkinson, CEO and General Secretary of the WEA, said:

“We are delighted that NECA has reconsidered its decision to de-fund the WEA. We play a critical role in disadvantaged communities, building confidence, community connections and skills. Our provision complements that of colleges, reaching those who would not consider returning to learning in a traditional environment.

“It was important that NECA recognised how important our style of community learning was to their portfolio. I’m glad that they have now acknowledged our designated education institution status and put us on the same grant-funded footing as colleges.

“We are also very proud of our learners. They have shown that they can have a voice, and they can make a difference. We hope they continue to do so, fighting for what their communities need, and knowing that NECA will listen to them.”

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