Here in an interesting anomaly from Wales. Despite an increase in investment in Adult Community Learning from 4.96m pounds in 2006-07 to 6.02m pounds in 2012-13, the number of contact hours dropped from 3.6 million in 2003-04 to 2.1 million in 2011-12. This is a 23% decrease from the number of post-16 learners from 2005-06 to 2010-11 in a climate of high unemployment in Britain.
Some reasons given were lack of relevant courses, demands on tutors and the difficult economic situation. I think what is interesting about this article is that governments must look at more than just funding levels when designing adult learning and review all the factors that impact on the participation of adults in accessing community learning.