Businesses urged to challenge mayoral candidates at hustings event
14 March 2017
All those interested in the future growth of the region are welcome
- to hear from and put questions to the candidates standing for the
position of Mayor of the new Combined Authority. The Mayor will lead the
decisions on how to use the devolved powers, including how to allocate
the £600 million of new funding for local economic growth.
Businesses are urged to come and quiz the candidates on what they might do in this new public role.
inaugural mayoral election will elect the Mayor of the Cambridgeshire
and Peterborough Combined Authority, established by the seven local
councils across the county. This hustings event, supported by
AstraZeneca and Cambridge BID, gives people the chance to learn more
from the prospective candidates prior to the vote in May.
As part of the devolution deal, the responsibilities of the combined authority will include the following:
- A £600 million budget for local economic growth (£20 million over 30 years)
- A £170 million budget for housing, including affordable and council
housing, with £70 million specifically for housing in Cambridge
- Transport infrastructure improvement and maintenance
- Provision of skills training and apprenticeships
- Integration of local health and social care resources
- Integration of local employment services, and design of a National
Work and Health Programme alongside the Department for Work and Pensions
The combined authority will be chaired by a directly elected mayor.
hustings take place the day after the nominations close and it is hoped
that all candidates will be there, chaired by a strong neutral person
(Tom Barton of the BBC chaired the Network's last event in the Cambridge
Questions: Please submit your questions by email here, so time at the event can be managed to cover as many topics as possible.
This event is free. Find out more and book your place here.