The Directorate of Access, Competence and Outcome Agreements is responsible for preparing the Council`s outcome agreements with financially-responsible bodies and has responsibilities for access to education and quality. On 26 June 2013, the Scottish Parliament passed the post-16 education (Scotland) Act 2013. The Act contains various provisions relating to the governance, structure and revision of the institutions of the FE and He. The law also defines regional strategic bodies and makes them fundable by the CFS.  Prior to the introduction of this law, the CFS had funded only the institutions of the FE (colleges) and he (selected universities and colleges). The financial directorate is responsible for the application of CFS credits with respect to results agreements, protection of CFS credits and advice to FE colleges. The European College Funding Liaison Group (CEFLG) is responsible for advising the Council on issues relating to the European Social Fund (ESF), including advice to universities, monitoring and regulation on ESF grants and European projects, and data collection.  In Scotland, colleges and universities are registered charities. However, unlike its English counterpart HEFCE, the SFC does not act as a charity for colleges and universities.
Instead, this role is retained by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).  The OSCR and cfSC are working under a Memorandum of Understanding.  This document covers the five-year AY 2018/19 – 2022/23 period and reflects regional commitments as reflected in the Lanarkshire Outcome Agreement (OA). It is recognized that there is a gender imbalance in some disciplines and curricula. This theme is not only for New College Lanarkshire, but also for education, industry and society in general. Many of these imbalances have continued over time, but much will be done and more will be done to break perceived stereotypes by proactively working in partnership with schools, students, parents, industry and our local communities. As part of the Gender Equality Action Plan, the College will ensure that all staff and the student association are informed of their role and responsibility to facilitate and promote gender equality and opportunity for all. Regular updates are planned as part of the communications strategy to ensure that all staff are informed of progress. This outcome agreement was developed to ensure that national priorities are taken into account in the planning and implementation of the college`s program, while ensuring that the program meets the needs of the Western Lothian community. The CFS was established as a non-departmental public body, which means that it has partial autonomy from Scottish ministers and can exercise an advisory function.
 As a general rule, the Council receives an annual letter of guidance from the Minister of Lifelong Learning. These letters set out the priorities and recommendations of Scottish ministers regarding Scottish universities and universities.   This Young Workforce development plan builds on the results and ambitions of the 2017-20 ROA. The current plan supports the development of high-quality careers and experiences in the area of seniors, cooperation with employers, strengthening the capacity of schools to promote the employability and progress of young people, improving gender balance in certain subjects and respecting the agenda for gender equality. Each CFS-funded institution provides funding through a results agreement. The agreements define what the institution has to do with the funds and the objectives it must achieve with those funds.  If an institution does not have to agree, the CFS may apply for funding from that institution. 3 In 2009, the CFS threatened to recover money from Stow College after requesting $988,000 in funding for courses that the Auditor General considered ineligible for Scotland.  [4