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Devolution

The latest information on devolution for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

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Devolution is the granting of powers and funding from Central Government to local areas. 

Following approval from Government, a new Combined Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Authority has been created. It is formed of 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 GCGP (Greater Cambridgeshire Greater Peterborough) Local Enterprise Partnership. 

The Devolution deal will benefit Cambridgeshire and Peterborough because it will:

  • encourage economic growth and house building
  • generate much-needed investment in our transport systems
  • address skills shortages in the important areas that businesses need
  • give local people greater control and influence over certain powers

The deal was supported by the public, with proposals taken out to consultation. The results are displayed at the bottom of the page. 

The Combined Authority will be chaired by a Directly Elected Mayor, with elections taking place on May 4th.  This is a condition imposed by Central Government. The Mayor will hold the responsibility for a transport budget and a key route network of local authority roads. They will also have powers over strategic planning. The Mayor will not be able to make decisions alone and will require the support of a number of members in the Combined Authority (and in some cases, the business community) to progress their proposals. 

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority will initially receive the following devolved powers:

  • Control of a new £20million a year funding allocation (over 30 years) to boost growth
  • Control of a new £100million ring-fenced fund to deliver new homes across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (over five years)
  • £70million for new council rented homes in Cambridge
  • Responsibility for chairing an area-based review of 16+ skills provision
  • Co-designing a new National Work and Health programme that is aimed at those with a health condition, disability or long-term unemployment

The Combined Authority is made up on a councillor from each authority, a business representative from the Local Enterprise Partnership and a Mayor. They will be responsible for the powers and funding that will be transferred from Central Government. Measures have been put into place to hold the Combined Authority to account which include being monitored by an independent scrutiny committee, an audit committee and a Government assessment. Meeting information is also available to the public. View details of the Shadow Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Meetings.

More information about the Combined Authority and the role of the Mayor can be found on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority website