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:
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority is set to receive funding and powers from Central Government in a number of areas including:
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.
9 April 2020
Meeting for the first time today, a new Covid-19 leadership group set up by Mayor James Palmer laid out a hard-hitting agenda to help the region keep its businesses going until the emergency is passed.
30 March 2020
As thousands of workers across Cambridgeshire & Peterborough face an uncertain future, Mayor James Palmer pledges the Combined Authority will work flat out to support local businesses in their battle to stay afloat and to keep their employees in jobs.
26 March 2020
Members of the public joined journalists clicking in to watch Mayor James Palmer chair the Board of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority as it met ‘virtually’, ensuring the Authority’s business carried on despite the Covid-19 emergency.
21 March 2020
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20 March 2020
The intention is for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combine Authority to retain its responsibility for transparency and accountability.
18 March 2020
From today, all our staff will be working from home, doing our part to keep people safe and healthy.
29 January 2020
Mayor James Palmer’s plans to link towns and villages all around the region to Cambridge got a big boost today when members of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority board unanimously gave the go-ahead for a voluntary consultation with the public on the ambitious scheme.
29 November 2019
In a unanimous vote, Mayor James Palmer received full backing from the Combined Authority Board to push forward with setting up an independent Commission on Climate Change.
5 November 2019
In the run-up to Remembrance Sunday, Mayor James Palmer is calling on local businesses to follow his lead, and that of local Cambridgeshire & Peterborough councils, in signing the Armed Forces Covenant – a pledge to ensure veterans, and those still in uniform, are treated with the fairness their service and sacrifice deserves.
1 October 2019
A new 'Dragons' Den' style panel including Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough James Palmer has been set up to hear pitches from local organisations for funding to help continued local economic growth.
24 September 2019
Meeting Mayor James Palmer during her visit to Cambridgeshire yesterday, housing minister Esther McVey said she believed that successful development demanded infrastructure be put into place before homes themselves are built.
18 September 2019
Mayor James Palmer has said the extension of the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM) to Alconbury Weald, to be delivered ahead of the rest of the CAM, will offer the public transport solution the rapidly developing site needs to thrive.
23 August 2019
Don’t throw good money after bad is a sound principle, and for years alarm bells have been ringing over the moneypit that the HS2 project has become.
20 August 2019
The search has started to find the best higher education partner to develop the new curriculum and deliver learning at the new University of Peterborough.
20 August 2019
Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Greater Cambridge & Greater Peterborough are urged to take advantage of a £3.7 million skills training fund to upskill their workforce.
9 August 2019
A new Business Board chair today takes charge of pushing forward the first ever Local Industrial Strategy – LIS - for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough which was launched last month.
31 July 2019
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority [“the Combined Authority”] hereby gives notice that it has not been able to publish its statement of accounts for 2018/19 by the statutory deadline of 31 July 2019.
31 July 2019
Three substantial grants to help more people find affordable homes in Peterborough were today (Wed July 31st) approved by the Board of the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority.
22 July 2019
Following the launch of the Local Industrial Strategy (LIS) for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, an urgent call has been made for organisations to apply to a £50 million pot of growth funding before time runs out.The Business Board, the Local Enterprise Partnership accountable to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, is calling for applications to the Government’s Local Growth Fund (LGF) Major Projects stream.
19 July 2019
The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority today launched its first Local Industrial Strategy, a plan to support industry in delivering growth and prosperity across the region.Statement on the launch of the Local Industrial Strategy by Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Mayor James PalmerThis is a fantastic roadmap to help businesses in the region realise their full potential. This first ever Local Industrial Strategy for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is all about creating the conditions required to achieve our ambition of doubling economic output here while also targeting inclusive growth, so that prosperity is felt by more people.It’s a bold strategy and it sets out clear actions to get things moving, help firms to grow, become more productive, and increase their reach.
19 July 2019
Area aims to become a global leader in the region's life sciences, food production, artificial intelligence and advanced manufacturing sectors Locally-developed plan sets out how the area will take full advantage of its global assets and maximise the economic opportunity of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc Business Minister Lord Henley meets Cambridgeshire and Peterborough leaders today to discuss how plans will boost productivity and shape new opportunities A new economic blueprint for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is unveiled today, designed to maximise productivity and innovation in the area’s leading life sciences, food production, artificial intelligence and advanced manufacturing sectors.The new Local Industrial Strategy aims to harness the full potential of innovation in the region and features a Skills and Apprenticeships Hub to support the local community.Developed in collaboration with local leaders, government and businesses, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local Industrial Strategy sets out how the area will contribute towards delivering the national Industrial Strategy’s aim to raise productivity levels and create high-quality, well paid jobs across the country.Business Secretary Greg Clark said:“Cambridgeshire and Peterborough alone contribute £22billilon a year to the UK economy. Today’s Local Industrial Strategy – one of four published across the Oxford-Cambridge Arc – will help boost this even further.
24 May 2019
Peterborough City Council leader Cllr John Holdich has been appointed Deputy Mayor of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority by Mayor James Palmer. Cllr Holdich is now the statutory Deputy Mayor, taking over from Cllr Charles Roberts, who previously held the post.Cllr Holdich was first elected to Peterborough City Council 40 years ago in 1979, said he is delighted to be able to support Mayor James Palmer as his deputy, and continue to drive forward the key priorities of the Combined Authority.Cllr John Holdich said: "My focus will be on supporting the Mayor with the continues progress of transformational schemes such as the University of Peterborough, the CAM Metro, dualling the A10 and A47, new rail station in Wisbech, Soham and Cambridgeshire and increased housing delivery."In Peterborough we remain on course to welcome the first 2,000 students to the new University 2022, we are investing in upgrading city centre infrastructure, and the A47 dualling will also offer significant benefits to the city."Devolution has made the accelerated delivery of such schemes possible.
3 May 2019
Employers in and around Peterborough are being surveyed on what sorts of courses and skills they want to see as part of ongoing plans to develop the University of Peterborough.Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough James Palmer has written to ten of the biggest businesses in the city, asking for their feedback, while a further 150-200 firms will also be invited to complete the survey.Mayor Palmer said to survey reflects that this will be a different kind of university, which is rooted to the needs of the local economy, and that engagement with employers in this way will be running thread in its development.The vision for the University is to be a trailblazer for other higher education institutions by embedding advanced technical learning within the curriculum.
15 April 2019
Mayor James Palmer went on a tour of St Neots on Friday to see how the town will benefit from £4.1 million of Combined Authority investment into its new Masterplan aimed at helping it continue to thrive.The Masterplan funding for the first phase, approved last summer, is focussed on creating a more vibrant town centre for residents and visitors.
10 April 2019
Military veterans at risk of homelessness in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are set to benefit from funding of £90,000 which has been given only to Combined Authorities in England.
31 January 2019
An important milestone has been reached as the 12 key projects that will be the focus of activity throughout 2019/20 at the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority were agreed.
13 December 2018
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mayor James Palmer has vowed to do everything he can to support a bid to allow eight-car trains to run between Cambridge, Ely and King’s Lynn, after Network Rail announced progress with plans to reduce overcrowding on the route at peak periods. The Great Northern service connecting King’s Lynn with London, which includes stops at Littleport, Ely, Waterbeach, Cambridge North and Cambridge stations, is hugely popular with commuters, but current infrastructure limits it to a four-car train between Cambridge and King’s Lynn and so is frequently overcrowded at peak times. Recognising the desire among train users, local representatives and Great Northern to increase capacity, Network Rail has been working on a scheme called the King’s Lynn Service Enhancement Project that will allow eight-car trains to operate between Cambridge and King’s Lynn at peak times.
12 December 2018
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority have shown their support for a collaborative approach to deliver new homes for disabled adults in Cambridgeshire.
7 December 2018
Medtech Accelerator have recently awarded four new early stage pioneering projects amounting to £430,000.
3 December 2018
AgriGrub, an East Cambridgeshire-based specialist in sustainable food waste solutions, has been awarded a grant of £29,292 by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.
3 December 2018
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority's Draft Budget for 2019/20 and medium-term financial plan was approved for consultation purposes at the Combined Authority Board meeting held on Wednesday 28th November 2018.
23 November 2018
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mayor, James Palmer, met this week with the new Chair of the Combined Authority Business Board, Professor Aamir Khalid at TWI's Granta Park headquarters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
18 October 2018
A Fenland railway station has improved its carbon footprint and boosted passenger safety after having new solar-powered lights installed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
18 June 2018
Mayor Palmer was in Boston last week to co-sign the document with the Cambridge, MA Mayor Marc McGovern.
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.
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.
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).
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.
3 April 2018
Latest appointment secures representation for East Cambridgeshire and Fenland from leading business contributor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
9 February 2018
Mayor Palmer with the Mayor of Fort Worth, Betsy Price
1 February 2018
Almost £11 million will be invested in the local area to unlock vital housing sites thanks to new Government funding.
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.
8 January 2018
Following the publication of the A10 report, Mayor Palmer said:
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.
8 January 2018
A new report recommends a £500 million transport upgrade for travel between Ely and Cambridge- including dualling of the A10.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
8 November 2017
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) have announced that Cllr Charles Roberts will become the new statutory Deputy Mayor.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
28 June 2017
The new Chief Executive of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has been revealed as Martin Whiteley.
28 June 2017
The establishment of an Independent Economic Commission for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has been given the go-ahead by the Combined Authority.
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.
25 May 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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