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:
- Greater London Authority (GLA)
- Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
- Greater Manchester
- Liverpool City Region
- Tees Valley
- West Midlands
- West of England
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.