'Son of ILA' has bright, fraud-free future, insists government

June 28, 2002

The successor to the ill-fated individual learning account scheme will have tough security and quality assurance to guard against fraud, the government said this week.

In its response to the education select committee's damning inquiry report on the ILA "debacle", the government admits that tighter security and quality checks should have been in place in the scheme, which collapsed amid fraud allegations last autumn.

The response, published this week, says the scheme eventually overspent by more than £93 million over two years when 2.6 million people became holders of accounts designed to help cover the cost of specified courses with a subsidy worth up to £200.

The government says it decided to shut the scheme when it emerged that a computer disc containing ILA account numbers illegally obtained from a database was being offered for sale.

Despite the subsequent controversy, the government says that strong support for the concept of ILAs has encouraged it to go ahead with a successor scheme.

The "son of ILA", as it has been dubbed, will aim to strike a balance between ease of use and access for learners and tighter anti-fraud measures.

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

James Fryer illustration (27 July 2017)

It is not Luddism to be cautious about destroying an academic publishing industry that has served us well, says Marilyn Deegan

Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver

Creator of controversial predatory journals blacklist says some peers are failing to warn of dangers of disreputable publishers

Hand squeezing stress ball
Working 55 hours per week, the loss of research periods, slashed pensions, increased bureaucracy, tiny budgets and declining standards have finally forced Michael Edwards out
Kayaker and jet skiiers

Nazima Kadir’s social circle reveals a range of alternative careers for would-be scholars, and often with better rewards than academia

hole in ground

‘Drastic action’ required to fix multibillion-pound shortfall in Universities Superannuation Scheme, expert warns