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Simplified adult education funding is being eyed by some of England’s mayoral combined authorities this year, ahead of plans by central government to merge pots of money. 

The government is consulting on a new simpler system which will see the adult education budget (AEB) and free courses for jobs (FCFJ) funds combined into a single ‘skills fund’ – but that is not due to start until 2023/24. 

But some combined authorities, which oversee their adult education budgets under devolved powers, are eyeing tweaks this year by administering their funds through a ‘single pot’ approach to make the application process less complicated for providers. 

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