Devolution is when certain powers and responsibilities are transferred down from central government to a particular region.
This could mean that more important decisions are decided locally rather than being imposed by government. Decisions on things like housing, transport and major infrastructure projects.
What’s happened so far?
In March the Chancellor published an offer to 22 local authorities and one LEP for East Anglia Devolution. That deal was to form an East Anglia Combined Authority covering Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
You can read the initial East Anglia devolution deal on GOV.UK.
Since then, however, Peterborough city councillors voted to say that the deal offered by government did not appear to be acceptable. Cambridgeshire county councillors voted to say that deal was unacceptable.
A Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution proposal
Building on the original government devolution deal, council and LEP leaders have now proposed two deals for East Anglia. One for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and one for Norfolk and Suffolk; with clear links between these two deals on matters such as transport and skills.
A proposal to form a Combined Authority for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough includes:
A new £20million annual fund for the next 30 years (£600million) to support economic growth, development of local infrastructure and jobs.
A new £170million housing fund to be invested over the next five years to build more, and a wider mix of, homes.
Work with government to secure a Peterborough Enterprise Zone – attracting investment from businesses, leading to more and better quality jobs for residents.
Support for the continued growth and regeneration of Peterborough – including city centre regeneration.
Investment in a Peterborough University with degree-awarding powers.
A local integrated job service working alongside the Department of Work and Pensions.
Co-designing with government a National Work and Health Programme focussed on those with a health condition or disability, as well as the long-term employed.
Integrating local health and social care resources to provide better outcomes for residents.
Devolved skills and apprenticeship budget – to give more opportunities to our young people.
Government has made it clear that to secure a devolution deal there must be a combined local authority with a single person in charge, usually referred to as a mayor.
The combined authority would mean a sharing of certain powers to make sure decisions benefit the whole area. How this is governed would be up to the authorities set out in the deal.
Councils will be discussing devolution at the end of June to decide whether to go forward to the next stage. Government has been clear that councils will need to approve these proposals locally before they will formally agree them.
City councillors will decide at an extraordinary meeting of Council on Monday 27 June 2016 whether to endorse this proposed deal. If they do, a formal public consultation would follow.
We will need your views on devolution to help shape the future of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
To find out more and submit any initial thoughts on the proposed deal to government please use this link by 12pm on Monday 27 June 2016.
If these plans go forward there would be a formal public consultation over the summer about the proposals so residents and businesses can tell government what they think about the devolution deal.
Government would review all of the consultation feedback ahead of publishing the draft orders to form a combined authority, which councils would debate in the autumn.