Local authorities like the Combined Authority have a significant responsibility to you, the people who live in their region. The rules that govern our conduct, the way we hold meetings, make decisions and spend public money are methods of governance. Find out more about our governance protocols here.

What is governance?

Local authorities like the Combined Authority have a significant responsibility to you, the people who live in their region. We are accountable to you for the public money we spend, and we are required to make sure that we can show that we have looked for (and received) good value for your money.

We operate within very careful frameworks of regulations and procedures, which provide checks and balances to ensure that decisions we make on your behalf are lawful, are open and transparent, take into account your views and are made in the light of objective advice.

Good governance is open, clear, and simple to understand. We work hard to ensure that we can provide this for you; if you would like to make a suggestion about other ways we can explain our codes of practice and governance, please let us know via our Contact Us page.

Business Board Governance

As the Local Enterprise Partnership, the Business Board’s governance is supported by the Combined Authority, but it has its own scheme of governance.

You can see the Business Board’s governance materials here.


As guardians of public money, we have a responsibility to be as transparent and open as possible. Transparency and openness are fundamental principles behind everything we do.

This section includes:

  • Freedom of Information requests and our Publication Scheme, which lists already available information and its location
  • Data protection (also known as privacy policy)

Read about our transparency information here.

The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Constitution

Our Constitution sets out how we work, how we make decisions, and the procedures we follow to make sure our work is efficient, and effective, and is both transparent and accountable to local people. Some of these procedures are set by law, while others are ones we have chosen to follow.

Read the Constitution here.

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority and Devolution

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 you as they do currently. The Combined Authority works on the strategic issues that cross council borders and span the entire Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area, like housing, travel and infrastructure needs.

This devolution deal is the start of an exciting journey for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. It is one that will provide further opportunities for even more powers and funding to be delivered locally in the future.

Read our Devolution Deal here.