From the academic year 2019/20 the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) will no longer be accountable for the totality of the Adult Education Budget (AEB), which it currently allocates and manages.
Mayoral Combined Authorities (MCAs) and the Greater London Authority (GLA) will take on more responsibility for funding adult education in their local areas.
The seven areas that will be devolved for Adult Education Budget from 1st August 2019 are:
- Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
- Greater London Authority
- Greater Manchester
- Liverpool City Region
- Tees Valley
- West Midlands
- West of England
This means that from the 1st August 2019 the ESFA will 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. This will be a year later than originally expected.
These changes were outlined in the Adult Education Budget Changing Context and Arrangements for 2016 to 2017 and the Industrial Strategy. This means that once the MCAs and the GLA are in receipt of the AEB, ESFA will be responsible for only around half the current AEB it currently manages, giving greater powers to local areas.