Next Steps was transferred to the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) in 2013 from the Department for Education (DfE), who had run the study since it started in 2004. At the same time, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) took over funding of the study.
DfE wrote to all study members to tell you about the transfer, and give you the opportunity to opt-out of your details being passed to CLS. The letter and leaflet they sent to you are available in the resources section.
ESRC decided to pay for Next Steps to continue because it is the only major study following the lives of your generation. They asked CLS to manage Next Steps as we have lots of experience running similar studies.