Cambridge devolution plans ‘on track’

Upon meeting local leaders from across Cambridgeshire, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has urged the region to ‘press on’ with their devolution deal plans.

Discussing proposed plans for devolution that include creating a combined Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Authority chaired by a Directly Elected Mayor, Javid has reassured that the deal, as one of the ‘most ambitious deals nationally’, will make a ‘huge difference’.

The deal could bring about a new £20 million annual fund for the next 30 years to support economic growth, development of local infrastructure and jobs, as well as a new £100 million housing fund to build more homes in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Steve Count, chairman of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Devolution Partnership, spoke about how the deal will put ‘power back in the hands of local people’ and bring ‘opportunities to learn new skills and increase jobs’.

Javid said: "Local leaders in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have put together ambitious devolution proposals to put power into the hands of those who know their area best.

"The deal would make a huge difference with a £600 million funding boost alongside massive investment in housing and new powers to help create jobs, improve skills and invest in transport. And, as it would be one of the most ambitious deals nationally, I am clear local people would also need to vote for a powerful new Mayor to put them into practice."