The West of England Combined Authority will meet at 9am on Monday July 2, at City Hall, Bristol.
Members will be asked to agree to devolution of the Adult Education Budget (AEB) from central government to the Combined Authority from the 2019/20 academic year.
The constituent councils – Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire – have already approved a report recommending the transfer of Adult Education Budget powers to the West of England Combined Authority (WECA), and Parliament is expected to approve this later this year.
Currently, central government sets out how the AEB budget is spent based on national needs and requirements. Devolution would allow WECA to plan this regionally, focusing on funding those skills required by businesses and industries in the West of England.
Tim Bowles, West of England Mayor, said: “Taking control of the AEB in the region will help us to address the skills challenges that affect our residents and businesses, supporting inclusive economic growth. We will deliver this by working in partnership with adult learners, businesses, and education providers to ensure we achieve positive results – supporting our residents and businesses to reach their potential and prosper.”
WECA will find out early next year how much it will receive from the devolved AEB, but has been given an illustrative allocation for the 2019/20 academic year of £17.6m.
The Combined Authority is chaired by the regional Mayor, Tim Bowles, and is made up of the leaders and Mayor from the three councils in the region – Bath & North East Somerset (Leader, Cllr Tim Warren), Bristol City Council (Mayor Marvin Rees) and South Gloucestershire Council (Leader, Cllr Toby Savage). The Chair of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Professor Steve West, also attends committee meetings.
The meeting will be webcast live at here. Meeting papers can also be found on this page.