The ESFA is reviewing the effectiveness of the current funding band structure and are considering changes to incentivise negotiation and drive better value for money. Any new structure would apply to new starts from August 2018. The maximum funding band will remain at £27,000. The ESFA will confirm any changes in Spring 2018. If the ESFA does change the funding band structure, it will work with the Institute for Apprenticeships to ensure that any new standards that are approved for delivery are allocated to both one of the 15 current funding bands and to a new, post-August funding band. The ESFA welcomes any views on these changes. Please email Dfe.firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find further information on GOV.UK and further analysis and comment here.