The Cambridgeshire and Peterbrough Combined Authority (CPCA) is the combined authority for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. CPCA consists of seven nominated councillors (from the county, from Peterbrough and from the five city and district councils) plus the elected Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterbrough. CPCA was established and acquired an elected mayor in 2017. The authority derives most of its powers from the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 and has powers over transport, economic development and regeneration. CPCA covers a population of 0.6 million.
CPCA's draft AEB Skills Plan produced in May 2018 is on its website at Pages 122 to 140 of the agenda presented to the cabinet in July. The plan is here
Some points of interest:
- CPCA's Skills Blueprint sets the aim to consolidate AEB, ESF and DWP funds to maximise local impact and meet the authority's objectives.
- CPCA's indicative budget from DFE for AEB is the smallest of the 6 MCAs (£12 million). This is currently allocated to 201 providers, only 8 of whom are actually located in the area.
- For 2019-20, CPCA plans to continue to fund existing grant-funded providers in the same way as now but work will start on developing an outcomes framework linked to priorities