The North of Tyne Combined Authority (NCTA) encompasses the local authority areas of Newcastle Upon Tyne, North Tyneside and Northumberland. There are currently plans to devolve the Adult Education Budget to NCTA, with the borough’s cabinet planning to vote on the move on 24 June 2019.
Both Northumberland and Newcastle County Councils have voted to support the devolution, which has a value of approximately £22m a year. North Tyneside’s officers have recommended that the borough also approves the devolution.
The argument for devolving the budget to the NCTA is that it will allow for better training opportunities for local people. A report to the cabinet claimed that training and skills provision will be better aligned with local needs and will see great improvement if the plans are passed by the government. If passed, they will come into effect in the 2020-2021 academic year.