There has been much talk recently about buzzwords such as ‘devolution’, ‘the combined authority’ and a ‘Mayor for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’.
Through a process known as ‘devolution’, councils across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough now have powers to directly control what happens in our area.
Councils will continue to deliver services for residents as they do currently and Peterborough City Council will remain a unitary authority. However, decisions about travel, infrastructure and housing will now be made locally by the newly formed Combined Authority who will be based here in our region and who understand the real issues we face.
Who are the Combined Authority?
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).
The Combined Authority is led by the Mayor for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, James Palmer, who was elected on 4 May 2017.
The importance of your Mayor
The Government and the Secretary of State have been very clear that an elected Mayor must chair the Combined Authority to secure millions of pounds of additional funding.
A Mayor will give the Combined Authority a focal point and will be the contact for Central Government, working hard to ensure the organisation works closely with them to deliver the best results for local people.
By having a Combined Authority and a Mayor in place, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will receive:
- £170 million to deliver new homes over a five-year period in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire which includes affordable, rented and shared ownership housing
- £20 million a year funding over 30 years to boost growth in the region
- responsibility for chairing a review of 16+ skills provision in the area
- authority to co-design a new National Work and Health programme with Central Government aimed at those with a health condition or disability and the very long-term unemployed
What’s more, the new Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mayor could also exercise powers and functions devolved from Central Government including:
- responsibility for a multi-year devolved transport budget
- responsibility for an identified key route network of local authority roads
- powers over strategic planning, the responsibility to create a non-statutory spatial framework for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and to develop with Government a Land Commission
Contact the Mayor
Contact details for Mayor James Palmer can be found on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority website.