Beyond the immediate priority of recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic, which saw unemployment-related benefits claims rise by 15,000 locally, this briefing sets out three priorities (and an issue for government) for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough that tackle problems which pre-date the pandemic and will persist beyond it.
Policy priority 1: Make Cambridge more affordable for local residents
- Support strategic reviews of the green belt land
- Advocate for the abolition of minimum space standards
- Co-operate with the new planning reforms
Policy priority 2: Cut congestion, clean up the air, and fix the local bus network
- Introduce a congestion charge in Cambridge
- Introduce a toxic air quality charge for the most polluting vehicles in Cambridge and Peterborough
- Take full control of local bus services for all of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
Policy priority 3: Improve young people’s skills across the combined authority
- Address poor school performance in Peterborough
- Create a UCAS for Apprenticeships to support those leaving schools find career opportunities
Policy priority for central government
Central government should end the ‘triple tier’ institutional situation unique to Cambridgeshire & Peterborough that makes it harder to establish a local consensus around policy initiatives.