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Adult Education: European Social Fund

Question for Department for Education

UIN 109959, tabled on 26 October 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding the European Social Fund has contributed to adult education projects in each region in the last year.

Answered on

3 November 2017

The European Social Fund is allocated to the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).

The Education and Skills Funding Agency offers LEPs the service of procuring and managing European Social Fund contracts which deliver education and training on behalf of the LEPs.

The table below aggregates the LEP area expenditure into regions. A more detailed breakdown by LEP area is in the attached spreadsheet.


ESF Paid to Providers in Academic Year
Aug-16 to Jul-17

Total ESF Contracted with Providers Apr-16 to July-18

East Midlands



East of England






North East



North West



South East



South West



West Midlands



Yorkshire and The Humber



Grand Total



Figures rounded to the nearest £10,000.

The Big Lottery Fund and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are also organisations with which LEPs can agree to deliver other projects eligible for European Social Fund. Additionally, Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service delivers European Social Fund projects. Other organisations may make direct bids to deliver European Social Fund to the European Social Fund Managing Authority (which is part of the DWP).