Thanks. This is what I thought, however speaking to a colleague who has attended a meeting, we are being informed that from August, we will be able to do this. Obviously we will then belong to a combined authority.
I agree regarding the income generation and as a small provider, we generate income proportionate to our service capacity and requirements so I would probably say that due to ESF projects usually being quite large amounts, this may not be attractive as an offer.
My thoughts are confused in terms of us becoming a combined authority – I am wondering if there is an agreement of change in terms of the procedures, although it worries me that this is something we have not been directly informed of and that even though funding will be devolved from August, the actual funding still comes from the same source, so surely the same rules on ESF apply.