Greater Manchester

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is the combined authority of Greater Manchester, England. GMCA consists of one councillor nominated from each of the ten metropolitan boroughs plus the elected Mayor of Greater Manchester. GMCA was established in 2011 and acquired an elected mayor in 2017. The authority derives most of its powers from the Local Government Act 2000 and Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 and replaced a range of single-purpose joint boards and quangos to provide a formal administrative authority for Greater Manchester for the first time since the abolition of the Greater Manchester County Council in 1986. GMCA has powers over policing, public transport, skills, housing, regeneration, waste management and planning permission. GMCA is taking on a number of functions from central government and the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA). GMCA covers an area of 493 square miles and a population of 2.9 million. 

GMCA's AEB commissioning approach for 2019-20

GMCA's approach to the Adult education budget in 2019-20 are clearly explained in these two documents

. Key points:
  • GMCA will use a plan-led funding approach for grant-funded providers (colleges, local authorities etc) based within the GM area. Officials estimate this will account for 70% of available funds.
  • GMCA will issue two sets of tender for all other provision including for colleges located outside the GM area. There is a clear intention to reduce the number of providers involved in this work

GMCA's plans for skills and adult education budget devolution

GMCA's longer-term priorities for education, skills and apprenticeships were set out in 2016 and are available here

GMCA's draft AEB skills plan produced in April 2018 is here

GMCA issued a prior information notice in June 2018 which explains its planned commisson​​​​​​​ing approach for the adult education budget