Independent Economic Review call for evidence: deadline looms

13/02/2018

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How important is Cambridgeshire and Peterborough for the regional and national economy? This is just one of the questions being asked of local business people as an independent economic commission conducts a major review of the region's economy. If you have opinions, the deadline for the call for evidence is 5pm this Thursday (15th February).

The commission is chaired by Dame Kate Barker and includes other prominent experts in the fields of business, academia and economics.

The purpose of the Review is to help the greater Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area consider the case for greater fiscal devolution and powers to unlock the delivery of major infrastructure, including showing how the area delivers benefits to the rest of UK.  It will provide a clear understanding of the priorities which can help local stakeholders to unite behind a common strategy.

The review is jointly funded by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, The GCGP LEP and by Cambridge Ahead (which represents some of the most influential organisations in the Cambridge region).

Dame Kate Barker is joined on the Commission by

  • Dr David Cleevely CBE as Vice Chair. David has founded several successful companies in Cambridge and was the Founding Director of the Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge.
  • Professor Diane Coyle CBE, a leading economist, former member of the Manchester Independent Economic Review and recently appointed as Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge. 
  • Lord David Willetts former Minister of State for Universities and Science.
  • Sir David Arculus, advisor to Government and former Managing Director of Emap - the media group. 
  • Warren East, Chief Executive of Rolls Royce and former CEO of ARM. 
  • Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge and advisor to the NHSE and PHE on the relationship between work and health.
  • Matthew Bullock Master of St Edmunds College Cambridge and who is also leading the economic research. 
  • Professor Andy Neely, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Enterprise and Business Relations at the University of Cambridge and former Head of the Institute for Manufacturing. 
  • Mark Dorsett, Global HR Director for Caterpillar
  • Professor Alan Hughes, previously Director of the Centre for Business Research (CBR) and Professor of Enterprise Studies at Cambridge Judge Business School.

Dame Kate Barker commented, ‘I am pleased to have been invited to Chair this important initiative.  This area has seen strong economic growth, and to sustain that performance over coming decades we must plan now for the vital infrastructure needed.  In addition, we will consider how the benefits of the thriving economy can be used to tackle some of the inequalities which presently exist’

As part of its initial study the Commission is setting out a call for evidence to gather intelligence and research from organisations and individuals who have experience and understanding in this area.  The brief can be found below and also at www.cpier.org.uk with details on how to submit. 

The Review will consider how a coherent economic growth strategy can be developed for the whole sub-regional economy, encompassing Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and the relationship with adjacent local authority areas in the LEP area.

 

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Economic Review (CPIER)

Call for Evidence

 The purpose of the Review is to help the greater Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area consider the case for greater fiscal devolution and powers to unlock the delivery of major infrastructure, including showing how the area delivers benefits to the rest of UK.  It will provide a clear understanding of the priorities which can help local stakeholders to unite behind a common strategy.

The Commission is expected to conclude its work in the summer of 2018.

A vital part of the work of the review is the gathering of evidence. Much of this is in the form of statistics, forecasts and reports by economists and others. But evidence can take many forms and come from anyone with a view and experience of the issues considered by the Review.

The Commission is seeking evidence in relation to the following key questions set out in its terms of reference:-

  1. How important is Cambridgeshire and Peterborough for the regional and national economy? 
  2. What are Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s regional, national and international links? 
  3. How far can economic activity that occurs in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough be shown to be net additional to the UK economy, rather than just displacement? 
  4. Do other growing cities like Cambridge and Peterborough share common characteristics, problems and infrastructure requirements and what can we learn from them? 
  5. How does Cambridgeshire and Peterborough achieve continued prosperity and high growth rates? 
  6. How equitable is growth across the whole of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and what strategies should be adopted in future to address this issue? 
  7. What types of infrastructure and other investment would best enable Cambridgeshire to achieve its full growth potential and contribute to regional and national economic growth? 
  8. How should Cambridgeshire and Peterborough describe its uniqueness or brand to attract further investment from Government and the private sector? 
  9. Are there any policy and planning recommendations which arise from the answers to these questions?

Where do I send my evidence?

Evidence should be submitted to the Commission at its email address which is  evidence@cpier.org.uk

Is there a deadline for evidence to be submitted?

Yes. To be considered fully as part of the Review, your evidence needs to be submitted by Thursday 15th February 2018.

To whom is the call for evidence directed?

The call is primarily (though not exclusively) directed towards business representatives, academics and policymakers including local councils as they play a key role in shaping the future of the region.

When submitting evidence please say which of the key questions – 1-9 above you are responding to.

What will be done with my evidence?

All evidence will be read and considered as part of the advice given to the Commission.  Summaries of the evidence will be made available to the Commission and used to help formulate the Commission’s final analysis and recommendations. Unless you request otherwise, the Commission will treat your evidence as being in the public domain and may quote from or reference it and/or may publish it on the Commission website.

  

About Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

In November 2016, all eight organisations agreed to pursue the devolution deal made with Central Government. Following the signing of the Order by Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, the first official meeting of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority took place on 20th March 2017.

The Combined Authority is made up of representatives from eight organisations. These are Cambridge City Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council, Fenland District Council, Huntingdonshire District Council, Peterborough City Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council and the Greater Cambridge, Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (GCGP LEP).

On 5th May 2017 James Palmer was elected to be Mayor of the Combined Authority

About The GCGP LEP

The Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP (www.gcgp.co.uk) helps to overcome the key barriers to economic growth. Covering Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Rutland, West Suffolk, West Norfolk, Uttlesford, South Kesteven, and South Holland it is driving forward economic across the area.

About Cambridge Ahead

Cambridge Ahead is a business and academic member group dedicated to the successful growth of Cambridge and its region in the long term. Its vision for Cambridge is to be the pre-eminent small city in the world. The group aims to represent the city’s business community and our partners who share its vision, by offering soundly-based opinion and be an advocate for Cambridge to local and national governments about the opportunities and needs of the region. Cambridge Ahead are politically non-aligned. Some of the largest and most influential organisations in the Cambridge region make up Cambridge Ahead’s membership, including ARM, AstraZeneca, Addenbrookes and Marshall of Cambridge. For more information visit www.cambridgeahead.co.uk

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