Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority was established as a Mayoral Combined Authority in 2017 to make life better, healthier, and fairer for all.
As the Authority revises its focus to 2025, much of the original purpose and ambition remains, with increased attention to address post-pandemic areas of deficit and more recent impact of climate, energy, and cost of living crises.
In January 2023, the Combined Authority Board approved our transitional Strategy and Business Plan following a period of significant change and improvement. This strategy signals a transition from the original devolution and repositions the ambition of the Combined Authority to a more focused strategic ambition and defined priority areas.
At the heart of this strategy is our revised strategic vision for “A prosperous and sustainable Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Driven by our values and using our collective voice and strengths, we seek inclusive good growth for an equitable, resilient, healthier, and connected region.
Underpinning this strategy are four strategic priorities: Achieving Good Growth, Increased Connectivity, Ambitious Skills and Employment Opportunities and Enabling Resilient Communities.
The Combined Authority comprises the seven local authorities (referred to as the Constituent Councils) and the Business Board (Local Enterprise Partnership) for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough region. Working with Cambridge City Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council, Fenland District Council, Huntingdonshire District Council, Peterborough City Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council and business leaders allows the Combined Authority to convene the significant knowledge, expertise and local intelligence needed to develop and deliver against our strategy.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is already a high growth area that is a world leader in science and technology, with unparalleled levels of cutting edge research, growth businesses and highly skilled jobs. The area is a significant net contributor to the UK economy but more work needs to be done to ensure opportunities are evenly spread right across every part of our region.
We are committed to working with partners to reduce inequality between and within Greater Cambridge, the Fens, and Greater Peterborough, whilst increasing productivity, delivering against the Devolution Deal and exploring options for deeper devolution.
To achieve this, we need to strengthen digital and physical connection to communities, professional networks, health services, leisure, nature and to places of employment and education. We also need to develop a world-class local skills system that raises ambitions and matches the needs of our employers, learners, and communities.