Devolution Deal for D2N2 Published
Devolution for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire has been set out publicly in detail for the first time, with the region’s draft deal published on 5 January 2016.
The deal document, which sets out the final negotiating position of the counties’ council and business leaders behind the bid, was sent to the government in December 2015. The majority of the deal has broad agreement, with only a small number of issues now requiring final discussion and sign off.
Nineteen councils across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, together with the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) which covers the two counties and business leaders, are seeking to create a single Combined Authority for the region by March 2016, which will be the first of its kind in the UK, to include district, borough, city and county councils.
The deal sets out the key benefits devolution would deliver for the residents and businesses of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Those relating to the development of the FE and skills agenda include:
- 55,000 new private sector jobs
- more responsive and co-ordinated business support for growth
- more people entering employment through better targeted local programmes
- adult skills provision which better meets the needs of businesses
- the creation of substantially more apprenticeship opportunities
The skills and apprenticeships “asks” in the deal include:
- The government will allow local commissioning of the 19+ (non-apprenticeship) Adult Skills Budget, starting in academic year 2016/17 and will fully devolve budgets to the new Combined Authority from academic year 2018/19. The Combined Authority will be responsible for allocations to providers and the outcomes to be achieved.
- The Combined Authority will develop a series of Outcome Agreements with providers about what should be delivered in return for allocations in the 2016/17 academic year. This will replace the current system of funding by qualifications as providers will receive their total 19+ skills funding as a single block allocation.
- This new arrangement will allow the Combined Authority to agree with providers the mix and balance of provision that will be delivered in return for the block funding and to define how success will be assessed.
- The government commits to an Area Based Review of 16+ education and training across the Combined Authority area. The review will be chaired by the Combined Authority and will also have powers to implement the recommendations and outcomes of the review.
- To ensure continued local collaboration following the Area Based Review the Combined Authority will work in partnership with local colleges, providers and employers to review and update the existing local skills strategy.
- Government will devolve responsibility for the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) to the Combined Authority which will enable it to vary the level of financial support available to different types of learner, sizes of business and subject areas.
- The Combined Authority will work with government to support the completion of pending apprenticeship standards and will commission and subsequently co-design new apprenticeship standards with employers.
A copy of the Devolution Deal document is available to view online by clicking here.