08-Nov-2016

Huntingdonshire District Council will hold a special meeting of council on 16 November to make its final decision on a proposed devolution deal. The deal would see some powers, responsibilities and funding transferred from central government to a Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, chaired by a directly elected Mayor.

The deal is acknowledged by government as one of the best in the country and, for the first time, puts power and funding into the hands of local people and not Westminster. Results from the devolution consultation recently carried out by Ipsos MORI found a majority of the community and businesses support devolution in Huntingdonshire.

Cllr Robin Howe, Executive Leader of HDC, said: "Devolution is about moving strategic decision making away from Westminster, into local hands - it is not about creating another layer of local government. The Combined Authority will be a lean and effective organisation using, where possible, existing resources, but crucially making sure there is a relatively small investment to create an effective team essential for the delivery of nearly £800 million plus of infrastructure and housing, while doubling the size of our local economy."

Agreement on the devolution deal is the start of a process for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The next phases will open up further opportunities for more powers and funding, including additional funds for housing and infrastructure, looking at the organisation of social care and how public services should be working better together for the communities we all serve.

Support for devolution will be required from all partner authorities: Cambridgeshire County Council, Peterborough City Council, Cambridge City Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council, Fenland District Council, Huntingdonshire District Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council and the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (LEP).  All partners will be making this decision at meetings throughout November 2016.