19-Oct-2016

Secretary of State, Sajid Javid, visits Huntingdonshire

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid MP, visited Huntingdonshire on Monday and met with local leaders across Cambridgeshire.

He spoke about proposed plans for devolution that would unlock a new £20 million annual fund for the next 30 years to support economic growth and the development of local infrastructure and jobs. Mr Javid also discussed a new £100 million housing fund to build more homes in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and a new £70 million fund to be used to build more council rented homes in Cambridge.

The Secretary of State said: "The deal would make a huge difference with a £600 million funding boost alongside massive investment in housing and new powers to help create jobs, improve skills and invest in transport.

"And, as it would be one of the most ambitious deals nationally, I am clear local people would also need to vote for a powerful new Mayor to put them into practice."

Executive Leader of Huntingdonshire District Council, Cllr Robin Howe, said: “We were very pleased to welcome the Secretary of State to Huntingdonshire. A Devolution Deal for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is becoming ever more real, and we believe that it will offer the best long term outcome for our district.

"Huntingdonshire continues to be at the forefront of delivering the housing and employment growth that we need to grow our economy and meet our housing needs. The Secretary of State’s visit focused on the opportunity that devolution for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough can bring to build upon the partnerships we already have and accelerate the delivery of housing and infrastructure."

The proposed devolution plans will be debated at Huntingdonshire District Council's full council meeting shortly.