A Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution deal
Councillors from across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have voted to back a devolution deal that will now deliver £770million of new funding for local infrastructure projects and to build much-needed homes.
The devolution deal received the green light in November 2016 when seven councils across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough voted to approve the deal. The deal was also agreed by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (GCGP LEP). This followed a public consultation as well as an expression of overwhelming support from local businesses.
By confirming the deal, councillors agreed for their council to become a constituent member of the Combined Authority for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The authority will be led by the elected Mayor for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
On Friday 5 May 2017 James Palmer was elected the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
Following the signing of the Order by Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority was officially formed in March 2017. Each partner is represented by the leader of their organisation, this includes Peterborough City Council’s leader, Councillor John Holdich.
The Combined Authority is made up of representatives from eight organisations. These are Cambridge City Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council, Fenland District Council, Huntingdonshire District Council, Peterborough City Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council and the Greater Cambridge, Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (GCGP LEP).
More information about the Combined Authority and the role of the Mayor can be found on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority website.
You can view the Combined Authority's agenda publishing page on the Cambridgeshire County Council website.
Information on the devolution deal for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
The devolution deal will unlock millions of pounds of new government funding alongside decision-making powers being transferred from Westminster. This means a greater number of important decisions can be made locally rather than by central government.
More than 3,800 people gave us their views either through a Ipsos MORI phone survey, an online survey or as part of a range of engagement events.
The devolution deal includes significant benefits for the communities of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough including:
- A new £600million fund (£20 million annually for the next 30 years) to support economic growth, development of local infrastructure and jobs. Examples of schemes that the Combined Authority could use this fund to invest in include:
- A Peterborough University with degree-awarding powers.
- Support for the continued growth and regeneration of Peterborough – including the city centre
- Elsewhere in the county it could mean transport infrastructure improvements such as the A14/A142 junction and upgrades to the A10 and the A47 as well as the Ely North Junction.
- A new £100million housing fund to be invested over the next five years to build more homes in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough including affordable, rent and shared ownership
- A new £70million fund to be used to build more council rented homes for Cambridge over the next five years because house prices are so high in the city
- Deciding how a budget is spent to maintain roads
- Deciding how funding is spent on apprenticeships
- Deciding how funding is spent on adult education and skills training for people aged 19 and over to help produce a workforce with skills that local employers need
Further devolution deals could see the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority looking at more funding and powers that will directly improve the lives of our residents, create jobs and tackle deprivation.
The council will keep its sovereignty and continue to deliver services for residents as we do currently – even as part of a Combined Authority.
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