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Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority meets officially for the first time

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority meets officially for the first time

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.

Papers for the meeting are available here:
The Order to formally constitute the body was signed by the Secretary of State, Sajid Javid, on Monday 6th March.

The powers which have been devolved from central Government to the Combined Authority include:

  • Control of a new additional £20 million a year funding allocation, over 30 years, to be invested to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Single Investment Fund, to boost growth. Recognising the exceptional housing market conditions in Greater Cambridge, Government will provide the Combined Authority with an additional £70m over five years, ring-fenced for Cambridge to meet housing needs.
  • Responsibility for chairing an area-based review of 16+ skills provision
  • Responsibility to develop a more effective joint working with the Department for International Trade to boost trade and investment through agreement of a Joint Export Plan
  • Powers which have been devolved to the new Mayor as part of the devolution plan include:
  • Responsibility for a multi-year, consolidated and devolved transport budget
  • Responsibility for an identified Key Route Network of local authority roads that will be managed and maintained by the Combined Authority on behalf of the Mayor
  • Powers over strategic planning, control of a £100m housing and infrastructure fund, the responsibility to create a non-statutory spatial framework for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and to develop with Government

Councillor Robin Howe, Chair of the Combined Authority said: “The members and officers of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) are committed and determined to bring real change to the people of this area and we are looking ahead to our first meeting.”

The creation of this body was an important part of the deal which was agreed by all seven involved Local Authorities. This serves to ensure that democratically elected representatives of local communities and the Greater Cambridgeshire and Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (GCGP LEP) are making decisions about how and where the money is spent.