The Secretary of State and the Mayor of London have signed a delegation letter and Memorandum of Understanding, to transfer certain AEB funding and powers to the Mayor of London.
In January 2019, the Department for Education confirmed London’s AEB allocation for the academic year 2019/20 of circa £306 million. This means that (from the academic year 2019/20) the Education and Skills Funding Agency (EFSA) will, from academic year (AY) 2019/20, no longer be accountable for the AEB, which it currently allocates and manages.
The GLA will be responsible for commissioning AEB-funded provision to Greater London, and have the freedom to set priorities and funding rates, while still being subject to the statutory duties of the Secretary of State.
This will allow the GLA to focus on meeting local area need, delivering local economic objectives and developing a sustainable local provider base.
The Secretary of State has issued guidance for the exercise of delegated adult education functions to the Mayor.