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What we do and the Combined Authority Board

 

We will be a lean and effective authority. Where possible, we will look to use existing resources while ensuring there is a relatively small investment available. This will allow us to create an effective team that will be essential in delivering our vision for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

 

Our key ambitions for the Combined Authority include:

  • doubling the size of the local economy
  • accelerating house building rates to meet local and UK need
  • delivering outstanding and much needed connectivity in terms of transport and digital links
  • providing the UK’s most technically skilled workforce
  • transforming public service delivery to be much more seamless and responsive to local need
  • growing international recognition for our knowledge based economy
  • improving the quality of life by tackling areas suffering from deprivation.

 

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority is set to receive funding and powers from Central Government in a number of areas including:

  • £170 million to deliver new homes over a five-year period in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire which includes affordable, rented and shared ownership housing
  • £20million a year funding over 30 years to boost growth in the region
  • responsibility for chairing a review of 16+ skills provision in the area

 

The new Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mayor for the Combined Authority could also exercise certain powers and functions devolved from Central Government. 

 

The Combined Authority Board

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Board hold regular meetings which include the partners and observers. Documents and meetings relating to the board can be found on the tabs at the top of this page. View the Authority's forward plans for 30th April 2018 and the 2nd May 2018

Combined Authority Board meetings are open to the public and press. Any member of the public who is a resident of the Combined Authority or councillor from a constituent council can ask a question to the board. More information about the process can be found on our public speaking page

Mayor James Palmer puts collaboration at heart of meeting challenge to double the size of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough economy

6 November 2018
Mayor James Palmer was today (November 6) joined by local elected representatives and business leaders to present his and the Combined Authority’s vision for meeting the housing, transport, skills and economic challenges raised in this Autumn’s Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Economic Review (CPIER) report.

Kings Dyke Crossing to move to construction phase

31 October 2018
Funding for the new Kings Dyke level crossing project has today (October 31) been approved by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and the project can now progress to the construction phase.

Combined Authority welcomes budget announcement to support UK high streets

29 October 2018
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) have today, (Monday, October 29), welcomed a budget announcement from Chancellor Phillip Hammond that sees significant investment into our UK high streets.

Metro Mayors’ Summit calls for strengthened commitment to devolution through the re-focusing of funding on regional priorities

23 October 2018
The directly-elected regional Mayors in England meet in Bristol today, at the invitation of Tim Bowles, Metro Mayor of the West of England.

Solar power lights up Whittlesea railway station

18 October 2018
A Fenland railway station has improved its carbon footprint and boosted passenger safety after having new solar-powered lights installed.

CPCA shows greatest improvement nationally for sustainability

17 October 2018
The latest report looking at sustainability across the work of the nine combined authorities in the UK shows Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has made the greatest level of improvement.

Mayor James Palmer makes case to Business Secretary Greg Clark for backing Cambridgeshire and Peterborough at official launch of key economic report

10 October 2018
Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough James Palmer has urged the Government’s Business Secretary Greg Clark to match his ambition for growth in the area, following the official launch of an in-depth report into its economic future.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority welcomes ground-breaking independent report by UK

14 September 2018
THE Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) today (Friday, September 14) welcome the findings of an in-depth, independent study by leading economists and academics, revealing why this area is so important for the future of the UK economy and how we can build on that success.

Announcement regarding Chief Executive

29 August 2018
Mayor James Palmer announced today: “Martin Whiteley has worked with me and Council Leaders to deliver the momentous devolution deal for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Success for electric car charging points bill, supported by Mayor James Palmer

28 August 2018
Mayor James Palmer’s support for a bill to give Metro Mayors powers to deliver more public electric car charging points has been successful. 

Agri-Tech Growth Fund grant for award-winning coffee recycling and bio fuel producer, bio-bean

17 August 2018
Huntingdon-based coffee recycling and bio fuel producer bio-bean has been awarded a £40,000 grant by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.

First Charity Ball hosted by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mayor raises more than £12,000 for emergency services charity

4 July 2018
The inaugural charity ball hosted by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mayor James Palmer has raised more than £12,000 for an organisation committed to helping emergency services staff suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Around 200 guests enjoyed a night of music and entertainment in the stunning surroundings of The Lady Chapel at Ely Cathedral in aid of Cambridgeshire-based charity PTSD999. Guests of the charity joined leading figures from the county’s business and political worlds for the event, which featured a three course fine-dining menu, charitable auction and live band. Mayor Palmer said: “For my first ball I honestly had no expectations about what could be raised, but I’m really chuffed to be handing over a cheque for more than £12,000. “Big thanks have to go to all those who had a hand in organising this very enjoyable event, those who donated prizes and those who came on the night and took part in our fundraising auctions and raffle. “I’m also really pleased to be able to draw more attention to the good work that PTSD999 does.

Masterplan for St Neots Moves Forward

20 June 2018
A bid for £4.1m of investment in St Neots will be presented at the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Board meeting next week (Wednesday 27th June 2018).

Mayor James Palmer opens new iMET technical skills centre

18 June 2018
Cambridge Regional College and Peterborough Regional College are proud to announce their collaboration with the iMET Centre in Alconbury Weald, which officially opened its doors to local businesses across the region recently.

Mayor James Palmer signs an agreement to work towards forming an official Partnership Accord with Cambridge, Massachusetts

18 June 2018
Mayor Palmer was in Boston last week to co-sign the document with the Cambridge, MA Mayor Marc McGovern.

Tender Opportunity: Oxford-Cambridge Corridor project

21 May 2018
“The corridor connecting Cambridge, Milton Keynes and Oxford could be the U.K.s Silicon Valley – a world renowned centre for science, technology and innovation.

Mayor welcomes major investment drive for Wisbech and Ely projects

17 May 2018
The Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough has welcomed the announcement by International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox to attract more than £2.5 billion of investment into the local area.

Inaugural Mayor's Charity Ball launched

12 April 2018
The inaugural charity ball hosted by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mayor James Palmer will see proceeds go to PTSD999 which helps emergency services personnel who are suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

COMBINED AUTHORITY INVESTS IN PLANS TO BRING JOBS AND PROSPERITY TO MARKET TOWNS

4 April 2018
The Combined Authority has committed almost half a million pounds towards plans to bring jobs, infrastructure and more to nine Market Towns across Cambridgeshire.Following the successful creation of a Masterplan for Growth for St Neots, the Combined Authority Board has approved £450,000 of funding to create nine more Masterplans for Growth that will enable its Market Towns to become, and remain, vibrant and thriving places in their own right.

John Shropshire OBE, Chairman of G’s Fresh joins the Commission of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Economic Review

3 April 2018
Latest appointment secures representation for East Cambridgeshire and Fenland from leading business contributor.

Funding bid to unlock Cambridge Northern Fringe East development moves forward

21 March 2018
Government has today (Wednesday 21st March 2018) announced that a bid for £193m of Housing Infrastructure Funding (HIF) from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has taken an important step forward to co-development stage.

Sustainable growth plans for area brought together for the first time with new investment planned

21 March 2018
A new Cambridgeshire and Peterborough strategy for housing, transport and sustainable economic growth has been prepared as an important step towards achieving the Combined Authority’s ambition to deliver over 100,000 new homes and 90,000 new jobs by 2036.

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority to consider plans to invest £5.5m in ‘outstanding’ digital and mobile connectivity countywide

21 March 2018
Cambridge and Peterborough Combined Authority will discuss plans to invest up to £5.5m to ensure the county has outstanding digital connectivity - including tackling poor mobile phone coverage – at its board meeting at the end of March.

A10 dualling to pick up pace with Combined Authority investment

22 February 2018
A £350,000 boost towards the dualling of the A10 could help the scheme move one step closer next week, if the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Board (CPCA) give the green light to release funding to move the scheme forwards.

Mayor hopeful for Cambridgeshire-Boston trade agreement following US Mayors Conference

9 February 2018
Mayor Palmer with the Mayor of Fort Worth, Betsy Price

Funding for two major projects welcomed

1 February 2018
Almost £11 million will be invested in the local area to unlock vital housing sites thanks to new Government funding.

Mayor to represent region on the international stage

18 January 2018
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s Mayor, James Palmer, will be representing the region at a new international Mayoral conference in America next week, aimed at deepening links between local elected officials in the US and the UK, and expanding trade and investment between British and American cities.

Further comments from Mayor on A10 report

8 January 2018
Following the publication of the A10 report, Mayor Palmer said:

Major review of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough economy launched today

8 January 2018
An independent economic commission, chaired by Dame Kate Barker and including other prominent experts in the fields of business, academia and economics, will undertake a major review of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough economy.

Report backs A10 dualling between Ely and Cambridge

8 January 2018
A new report recommends a £500 million transport upgrade for travel between Ely and Cambridge- including dualling of the A10.

Consultation: Draft Budget 2018/2019

21 December 2017
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority's Draft Budget for 2018/19 was approved for consultation purposes at the Combined Authority Board meeting held on Wednesday 20th December 2017.

Plans for a new 'business board' unveiled

20 December 2017
A proposal to create a more effective model where businesses and the public sector work in partnership for the good of the region has been announced by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) today.

Funding for strategic bus review confirmed

29 November 2017
£150,000 worth of funding towards a review of the current bus provision across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has been given the green light at today’s Combined Authority Board.

Funding for strategic bus review to be agreed

24 November 2017
Funding towards a review of the current bus provision across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will be discussed at the next Combined Authority Board on Wednesday 29th November.

Cambridge South moves one step forward after budget announcement

22 November 2017
The confirmation of major Government investment into a new railway station for the south of Cambridge, as part of a wider east-west rail connectivity project, has been hailed by local partners as a ‘significant boost for the region’.

Ground-breaking new deal could bring homes, jobs and infrastructure to our region

17 November 2017
A ground-breaking new deal between Whitehall and local leaders in one of the most economically-important parts of the country could add hundreds of billions of pounds to the national economy each year and lead to the first new towns in the UK for half a century, Lord Adonis said today.

LEP announces new Interim Chief Executive

14 November 2017
The Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP has announced its new Interim Chief Executive following a decision made by the LEP Board last Tuesday.

New Deputy Mayor of Combined Authority Announced

8 November 2017
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) have announced that Cllr Charles Roberts will become the new statutory Deputy Mayor.

£5.8m secured to unlock St Neots

25 October 2017
Plans to support the regeneration of St Neots have moved one step forward today, following the decision from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority to agree the establishment of a business case to bring £5.8m of investment to the area.

Multi-million pound investment into transport schemes given the green light

25 October 2017
Over £4 million pounds worth of investment into key infrastructure projects across the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough region has been given the go-ahead by the Combined Authority at the Board meeting today (Wednesday 25th October).

St Neots first market town backed by Combined Authority

18 October 2017
Making the right investments with input from local people is key to protecting the future of St Neots as a bright and vibrant market town, according to a report which will be going to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Board on 25th October.

Mayor to attend Paris leaders’ summit

16 October 2017
The Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, James Palmer, has been invited to represent the region at a major summit of world leaders to be held in Paris.

Combined Authority to provide leadership on review of local growth governance

28 September 2017
“It is important that we provide leadership and act urgently and decisively to restore trust, including that of the wider business community and central Government” said James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough today, in a letter to the GCGP Local Enterprise Partnership after it was revealed that Central Government is withholding growth funding secured for the area whilst the National Audit Office undertakes an investigation into the LEP.

Bid for millions of funding given the green light by CPCA

27 September 2017
Board members have today voted unanimously to back a Combined Authority bid to Government for millions pounds of funding to deliver thousands of homes and new jobs in Cambridgeshire.

Statement regarding mayoral salary

26 August 2017
The level of Mayoral allowance was set by the Independent Remuneration Panel on 22nd June and was agreed by the Combined Authority Board on 28th June.

More than 3000 female councillors needed to reach 50:50 gender balance in local government – statement

21 August 2017
A report published today (Monday 21 August 2017) by the IPPR has highlighted the lack of women across local government, including new combined authorities.

Multi-millions agreed to progress key projects

10 July 2017
A multi-million pound package of investment aiming to deliver the future development of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, to include long-term benefits for Fenland, has been approved.Read more on Fenland District Council's website. 

New Chief Executive of the Combined Authority revealed

28 June 2017
The new Chief Executive of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has been revealed as Martin Whiteley.

Regional Independent Economic Commission given the green light

28 June 2017
The establishment of an Independent Economic Commission for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has been given the go-ahead by the Combined Authority.

Multi-millions agreed to progress key transport improvements

28 June 2017
The Combined Authority for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have today agreed multi-million pounds of investment into transport improvement schemes in the region.

James Palmer wins election race to become Mayor

8 May 2017
James Palmer has been elected as the first Mayor for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough with 56.9% of the vote.After no candidate received 50% of the vote, Mr Palmer beat Liberal Democrat Rod Cantrill in the second round count.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority meets officially for the first time

20 March 2017
The Combined Authority for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will meet for the first time as an official body on Monday 20th March.The meeting will start at 2pm and will be held at The Boathouse Business Centre in Wisbech.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority becomes official as order formally signed in Parliament

6 March 2017
The Combined Authority for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is now an official body, after the Secretary of State, Sajid Javid, signed the Order to formally constitute it on Monday 6th March.

Shadow Combined Authority holds final meeting before official formation

21 February 2017
The body set up to manage devolution for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will meet for the last time as a ‘shadow’ authority on 22nd February, as they forge ahead with the formal launch of the new Combined Authority which is expected to be formally ratified in March.

Shadow Combined Authority agrees new ‘top team’ as they forge ahead with devolution

2 February 2017
The Shadow Combined Authority for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has met for the second time (Tuesday 31st January) as more formal plans are put in place for the creation of the new body in the Spring.

Shadow Combined Authority meets again

27 January 2017
The body set up to manage devolution for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will meet for the second time on 31st January, as they forge ahead with the formal launch of the new Combined Authority.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority holds first meeting

15 December 2016
Following the decision by Councils and the LEP in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough region to accept plans for Devolution, the ‘shadow combined authority’ - a precursor to a new combined authority which will be officially launched in February next year - met for the first time yesterday (Wednesday 14th December).

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution deal to be set in motion at first official meeting

6 December 2016
Following the decision by Councils in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough region to accept plans for Devolution, the team tasked with pushing the deal forward will meet for the first time next week (Wednesday 14th December).

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough backs devolution deal

22 November 2016
Councillors from across the county have voted to progress a devolution deal for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough that will see more than £600million in new funding put into the hands of local communities.

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Board

26 September 2018

Agenda and papers (24MB)

Business Board Meeting - 24th September 2018

24 September 2018

Business Board agenda 1 (695KB)Business Board agenda 2 (4MB)

Business Board Meeting - 25th June

25 June 2018

Agenda (4890kb)

Overview & Scrutiny Committee - 1st June 2018

1 June 2018

Agenda and papers (1.56 MB) 

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Board - 30th May 2018

30 May 2018

AGM and Board Agenda and Papers (22mb)

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Board

28 March 2018

Agenda Document Pack (7.6MB)Agenda (371kb)

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Board

28 February 2018

Forward plan (426kb)Agenda (9MB)Draft Combined Authorities (Borrowing) Regulations 2018 (94kb)Public questions (237kb)Decision Summary (425kb)Minutes (280kb)

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Board

14 February 2018

Agenda Document Pack (2.10MB)Agenda (455kb)Budget 2018-2019 (1.2MB)Budget 2018 - 2019 - Mayor's Budget (423kb)Decision Summary (378kb)

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Board

31 January 2018

Agenda (3.15MB)Agenda Public Questions (330kb)Forward plan (370kb)Additional report - Mass Transit Options (5MB)Additional report - Mass Rapid Transport (313kb)Decision Summary (384kb)Minutes (288kb) 

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Board

20 December 2017

Agenda and items (4.32MB)Agenda item 1.5 (397kb)Appendix for agenda item 2.4 (226kb)Decision Summary (383kb)Minutes (258kb)

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Board

29 November 2017

Agenda (3.6MB)Agenda Item No.3.1 Transport Update Appendix 1 (225kb)Decision summary (396kb)Minutes (397kb)

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Board

25 October 2017

Agenda Document Pack (5.87MB)

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Board

27 September 2017

Agenda Document Pack (3010Kb)

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Board

4 September 2017

Agenda and items (1.3MB)Appendix 6 (87kb)Decision summary (210kb)Minutes (246kb)

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

26 July 2017

Agenda and items (7.56MB)Agenda item 1.4 – Public questions (71kb)Agenda item 1.6 – Community representative (478kb)Forward plan (206kb)Agenda item 4.1 - Appointment of the Interim Chief Finance Officer and Section 151 Officer (217kb)Agenda item 4.1b - Report from the Overview and Scrutiny Committee (215kb)Decision summary (374kb)Request for Call In (393kb)Minutes (296kb)Notice of...

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

28 June 2017

Agenda and items (5.04MB)

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

31 May 2017

Agenda and reports (433KB)

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Mayoral Elections

4 May 2017

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Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

20 March 2017

Agenda Document Pack (3474Kb)

Lead Member

Mayor James Palmer

Contact

james.palmer@cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk