Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Metro Mayor – Three Policy Priorities for 2021

This briefing sets out three policy priorities for the new metro mayor after the election to address the biggest issues facing Cambridgeshire and Peterborough's economy.

Briefing published on 14 April 2021 by Anthony Breach

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.

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