The West of England Combined Authority’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee will meet at City Hall in Bristol on Wednesday May 23, at 10.30am.
Members will hear about plans to devolve the Adult Education Budget (AEB) from central Government to the West of England Combined Authority from the 2019/20 academic year. The Combined Authority’s constituent councils – Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire – have already approved a report recommending the transfer of AEB powers to the Combined Authority, and Parliament is expected to approve devolving it to WECA later this year. Comments from the Overview and Scrutiny Committee will be passed to the Combined Authority for consideration at its next meeting on June 1.
There will also be a discussion about developing a Green Infrastructure Plan, which will consider environmental mitigation for future development across the West of England. Green infrastructure is a planned network of spaces and corridors within, around and between towns and cities, designed to meet the needs of local communities, wildlife and the environment.
The meeting will also consider a budget report for 2017/18, and an update on key funding announcements and changes for 2018/19, made since the budget was approved in February.
The committee, made up of 11 members from the across the Combined Authority region, is chaired by Cllr Stephen Clarke (Bristol City Council).
The full meeting papers, including details of how members of the public can register to speak, are available on the West of England Combined Authority website: http://www.westofengland-ca.org.uk/meetings/