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The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has published details of how it will allocate its £51.3 million adult education budget to the city region’s colleges, local authorities and learning providers.

As part of its Devolution Agreement, the city region takes over responsibility for the adult education budget from 1 August 2019.

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “Devolution means that we can make decisions locally about the things that affect us.

“We have waited a long time to take over responsibility for adult education, which means that we can now work with our local partners to ensure that adults in our city region can develop the skills and learning they need to equip them for work, for an apprenticeship or other learning.

“This is vitally important for the future of the city region and we look forward to being able to further tailor what we offer to suit our own needs over the years to come.”

Mayor Joe Anderson, Portfolio Holder for Education, Employment and Skills said: “We have been preparing to take on these responsibilities for some time and have made sure to put the building blocks in place through a detailed analysis of the city region’s skills needs, as set out in our new Skills Strategy. 

“This is a potentially transformational opportunity for the city region and we are clear that we understand our local situation and will be able to focus our efforts where they will have the greatest impact.”

Full details of the Adult Education Budget allocation are available on the Combined Authority website at https://www.liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk/governance/policy-documents/#aeb-adult-education-budget

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