Treforest residents have joined forces to transform their community.
Work has already started to improve park facilities for children, while teenagers are using their art skills to enhance a subway in Treforest.
Town councillor Jonathan Bishop was delighted to mark the start of the landscaping work at the St Dyfrig’s underpass.
He said: “This is one of many projects the Treforest Regeneration Partnership has supported and will go some way to transforming the village into a thriving community where all residents live together with tolerance and respect for one another’s differences.“
They say we are learning from cradle to grave. Some people have greater opportunities to learn than others. The State should create more equitable distribution of learning resources through introducing individual learning funds for children and all UK citizens.
For me as a co-operator, I recognise the importance of the market in enabled adults to make choices for them and their children based on their individual attitudes and values. There are sometimes barriers to the market that some people in difficult circumstances face. People with low incomes, people with disabilities, people with low skills.
The government should set up for children and adults who are contributing or who want to contribute to the British economy, ‘National Learning Assurance Accounts’. When a child reaches school age the government would put money in at regular intervals. Children with disadvantaged backgrounds such as low income or disability would have more put in. Schools and other State-sanctioned education providers could then draw on this to provide the child’s compulsory education. It could replace child benefit and child tax credit and parents could draw on it to provide for the maintenance of their child.
As the child gets older money could be put in if they choose to go to sixth-form, college, etc, which they could draw on for tuition fees and maintenance. The same for university, though the funds may be drawn from the Student Loans Company if appropriate. In all cases students from low income backgrounds and who have disabilities would get extra funds to support them, as they do now.
When they are in the workplace and are faced with redundancy money could be put in so they could re-skill. If they’ve been unemployed for a specific period money could be put in to pay for the training they need. If they’re working they could put some of their pre-tax income as a replacement for CITB if they’re in the construction industry or as an education equivalent of National Insurance.
The important part of these NLAAs would be choice. For parents to choose how their children are educated, and for adults to choose what they want to gain knowledge and skills for.
I heard on BBC Radio 5 Live a debate about the Welsh Am214,,2009-5-7 21:48:19,Should the Government introduce National Learning Assurance Accounts?”