Camden Liberal Democrat campaigner James King is pushing for proper funding of adult training, to boost economic growth and living standards.
Speaking at Lib Dem party conference in Brighton, James called for more money to be invested in training, particularly from businesses. He also proposed more Government cash should be put into lifelong learning accounts for people who didn’t go to university, to give them a chance to boost their skills and get a fresh start.
This would use the same progressive principles as the Lib Dem pupil premium, which gives most funding to schools that have more kids from disadvantaged backgrounds.
James King is a member of the national Liberal Democrat economic policy working group and helped to shape new party policies including a major programme of adult training. He is also a former councilor for Kilburn.
The Lib Dems will create an economy that really works for everyone - one that provides good jobs and opportunities at work ensures business serves the common good and sustains strong communities. The Lib Dems will create a national skills strategy and will expand skills and training levies.
James King said:
“Investment in skills is an economic issue but it’s also a social justice issue. It’s about people's participation, their stake in the economy, and about having the chance to succeed.”