Adult Education Budget (AEB) devolution

What is AEB devolution?


In 2015-16 the government agreed a series of devolution deals between central government and local areas, also known as Mayoral Combined Authorities (MCAs) in England.

As part of the devolution deals certain adult education functions will be transferred from the Secretary of State for Education to the MCAs. This means that the MCAs will take on responsibility for the AEB so the approach to this budget will now be based on each particular region’s education and training needs for learners aged 19 and above.
From 2019-20 the AEB will be devolved to the following 6 MCAs and through a delegation agreement to the Mayor of London for the Greater London Authority (GLA):

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West Midlands
  • West of England.

More information on devolution can be found on the government website.

Preparing for devolution

The regional devolution of AEB will have significant implications on providers.
As you start to prepare for this change and develop key partnerships, NCFE is here to support you. We understand the skills gaps in your region and our comprehensive product offer will give strength and depth to your delivery. What’s more, we have dedicated account managers who have both the local and national expertise you need.

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