Adult skills devolution

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 21st October 2019.

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Photo of Fiona Twycross Fiona Twycross Labour

What progress has been made with the Government regarding further devolution to adult skills and education?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I published Skills for Londoners: A Call for Action (Keeping the Capital Skilled for the UK) with London Councils on 16 September 2019. The Call for Action sets out London government’s case for a new devolution and funding deal to allow the boroughs and I to establish an integrated, properly funded skills and employment system that can meet the city’s challenges now and in the future.

The proposals, which build on the successful devolution of the Adult Education Budget,  have strong support from London’s businesses, learning providers, trade unions and community groups.

I have sent the Call for Action to the Secretaries of State for Education and Housing, Communities and Local Government and I have invited them to meet to discuss the recommendations.

I will also be discussing further devolution of skills and employment with my counterparts at the next meeting of the M9 group of directly-elected Mayors in England.