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The Prime Minister warned some aspects of social exclusion were "deeply intractable" with the most socially excluded often very hard to reach.
He was making a speech at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in York on the fight to end social exclusion.
Bill Rammell, the further education minister, said: "Older learners, like other learners, have benefited significantly from the £2.5bn - or 48% real term - increase in further education expenditure since 1997.
"The numbers aged 60-plus have increased by over 40,000, or approximately 50% over that period."
Can it become a conflict of interest? Between parents the government and the children best interest?