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Adult Education Budget


Since 2014, devolution deals between Central Government and regions in England have been announced.The devolution deals transfer certain powers and funding, previously held by Central Government, to Mayoral Combined Authorities (MCAs). 

Devolution of the Adult Education Budget for the 2019/2020 academic funding yearmeans that the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority will take on more responsibility to deliver quality adult education in the local area by having the duty and responsibility to deliver the government’s commitment to statutory entitlements for fully funded qualifications at Levels 2 and 3, English and Maths and the future digital entitlements for learners, free of charge. 

Transitional arrangements are in place for the 2018/2019 academic year.  During this time the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority is taking the opportunity to build and develop relationships with its provider base, setting the priorities for the use of the Adult Education Budget and planning the mix and balance of provision for its adult learner residents.


Current Activity

The Adult Education Budget Devolution Project Team hosted a Market Engagement Workshop on Wednesday 17 October 2018. We had 33 attendees from 29 providers; some in-county and some out-of-county.


The presentation and supporting documents from the workshop are now available for you to download:

Ahead of the Market Engagement Workshop we invited you to complete the following questions; Part 1 and Part 2 as part of our provider engagement, to ascertain your thoughts so far. There is still an opportunity to complete the questionnaire – please do so by Wednesday 31 October.   

Our Early Engagement Notice was published on Monday 1 October.

Please re-visit this page for updates and further information before, after and in relation to the Market Engagement Workshop.



Neil Cuttell  Adult Education Budget Programme Manager
Francis Lawlor – Adult Education Budget Strategy Executive
Gemma Neal – Adult Education Budget Development Advisor


Email: AEBDevolution@cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk 

Tel: 01480 277180