Review of the Adult Discretionary Learner Support (DLS) Fund for the Further Education Sector for the 2011/12 Academic Year


Department for Business Innovation, Skills (BIS)

DLS is aimed at supporting learners aged 19 or over who are facing financial hardship. Ecorys was commissioned by BIS to examine the extent to which DLS was supporting disadvantaged learners, and its impact on their participation in further education. The review also assessed the effectiveness and impact of the fund.

The findings of the report can be read here:

Findings from the report also informed BIS’s decisions on the future use of the fund. The Skills Funding Statement (2013 -2016), published by BIS in February 2014. This can be read here: