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Tertiary Education and Research (Wales) Act 2022

Collaborating bodies: consent

Section 109: Consent for payments to collaborating bodies

354.This section provides a framework of controls in respect of the Commission’s consent for the passage of funds from directly funded providers, organisations or individuals to collaborating bodies under the specified funding powers. For a person to be a collaborating body the Commission must have given consent to financial resources being paid to it by the person receiving funds from the Commission. The Commission will not have a direct regulatory or funding relationship with collaborating bodies.

355.Subsection (1) enables the Commission to give its consent generally, or in relation to a specific payment or a specific collaborating body. Subsection (2) allows the Commission to attach terms and condition to any consents that it gives. It must apply a condition requiring directly funded providers to make arrangements ensuring financial resources paid to a collaborating body are managed efficiently and in a way that provides value for money. Subsection (9) requires the Commission to keep all active consents under review.

356.Subsections (4) to (7) make provision for the Commission to be able to withdraw, suspend or vary its consent once given and set out the procedural arrangements that the Commission must follow before taking such action. This includes a requirement for the Commission to give notice to the directly funded bodies to whom such consents apply and to have regard for any representations received before deciding whether to withdraw, vary or suspend consent. Where the Commission has given its consent generally, the Commission may withdraw, suspend or vary its consent in general, or in respect of a specific payment or a specific collaborating body. Subsection (8) makes provision for these procedural arrangements not to apply in circumstances where the Commission needs to take more urgent action and it would not be practicable to comply with the requirements.

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