Geographic funding data published for first time

Geographic funding data published for first time

The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has published geographic funding data for the first time — ahead of devolution of the adult education budget.

It is based on learners’ postcodes and relates to non-apprenticeship adult skills budget (ASB) delivery in the 2014 to 2015 funding year.

The data sets out the proportion of provision that each provider delivers within both their home local authority and region.

The SFA’s weekly online Update bulletin said this afternoon: “We are publishing this data to support you in discussion with local government authorities in future adult education budget commissioning discussions.

“This will help establish a shared understanding of the current pattern of delivery,” a spokesperson added. “It will be particularly important if you work in areas that have a skills devolution agreement or a skills incentive pilot.”

The spokesperson said its allocations methodology would change in future years “to support the devolution of funding to local areas”.

But she added: “The publication of this [geographic funding] data does not presuppose what that methodology will look like or how funding will be distributed.

“Further information will be issued on this in due course.”

Providers were advised to contact their central delivery service adviser for more information.

For more analysis see the next edition of FE Week.