In 2016 George Osborne put forward the Cities Devolution Act which signalled the Government’s intention to devolve many responsibilities, including those for skills and adult education, to cities and city regions, with the intention of enabling better integration across policy areas and encouraging imaginative and flexible responses to local priorities. 

Devolution of the Adult Education Budget has already been delayed by a year and is now due to be rolled out in 2019 – but only 8 areas of the country as yet have signed deals in place. Mayors argue that Combined Authorities will have too little influence during the transition year and describe the proposed timescales as ‘challenging’, while areas without deals dread a repeat of last year’s national AEB tender process which provoked outrage, with some providers receiving only a fraction of their previous allocations.

What is happening with AEB devolution, and is it realistic to expect everything to work out according to the timescales set by the Government? What are the pluses and minuses of the new system? 

We are delighted to welcome Catherine Lunn, Skills Funding Manager with West Yorkshire Combined Authority, and Joanna Cain, Deputy General Secretary of the Workers’ Educational Association, to update us on progress and talk us through the issues from their perspectives. 

The seminar will be chaired by the Campaign's Lead Adviser Tricia Hartley under the Chatham House rule and there will be plenty of time for discussion.

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