From the 1st August 2019 the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is no longer accountable for the totality of the Adult Education Budget (AEB). Mayoral Combined Authorities (MCAs) and the Greater London Authority (GLA) have responsibility for funding adult education in their local areas, giving greater powers to local areas.
These changes were outline in the Adult education budget: changing context and the arrangements for 2016 to 2017 and the Industrial Strategy: building a Britain fit for the future.
The ESFA guidance for providers on AEB devolution provides advice for providers, information on responsibilities for the devolved authorities and a background to devolution.
The devolved areas have their own Funding and Performance Management rules, which are linked to below:
- Greater Manchester Combined Authority
- Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
- West of England Combined Authority
- West of England Combined Authority – Funding rates and formulas
- West Midlands Combined Authority
- The Tees Valley Combined Authority
- The Tees Valley Combined Authority – Funding rates and formulas
- The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Combined Authority
- The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority – Funding rates, formulas and payment rates
- The Greater London Authority – Funding rates for all providers
- The Greater London Authority – Funding rules for contracted providers
- The Greater London Authority – Funding rules for grant-funded providers
This means that as of the 1st August 2019 the ESFA is no longer be accountable for administering AEB in these areas.
Two more areas are planned to be devolved the following year: Sheffield City and North of Tyne.