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Update- 05/03/2018

The Greater Cambridge Partnership’s City Deal is one of a number of ‘Gainshare’ deals between Government and groups of local partners: the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Devolution Deal is another. The aim of ‘Gainshare’ deals is that Government agrees to invest in an area, for the economic benefit of that area and the UK as a whole. A condition of the Greater Cambridge City Deal agreement – and all other Gain share deals – is that a Gateway Review is conducted every 5 years by an Independent Economic Assessment Panel, to inform future funding decisions. This work is being led by consultancy firm SQW.

Central Government funding under the GCP’s City Deal Agreement (all in equal annual instalments) is:

  • £100 million for 2015/16-2019/20.
  • Up to £200 million for 2020/21-2024/25, depending on the outcome of the 2019 Gateway Review.
  • Up to £200 million for 2025-35 (or 2025 to 2030 if we can deliver quickly), depending on the outcome of the 2024 Gateway Review.

GCP’s first Gateway Review will be in December 2019. This first Review is expected to evaluate whether we are delivering on track and on budget, whether our investments are realising the expected benefits, the added value from our partnership and, if they can be identified as early as December 2019, any wider economic benefits.

The economic assessment work is an opportunity to ensure that the GCP’s activities are evidence-driven and will assist us in continuously improving the performance monitoring and evaluation of our investments.

 The Independent Economic Assessment Panel is overseen by a Steering Group of the Locality Partnerships with Gain Share deals, as well as Government representatives. This shares lessons between Localities and has overseen the work on an overarching National Framework as well as individual Locality Frameworks for each Locality Partnership with a Gain share deal.

  • The National Framework effectively provides a menu from which the Locality Frameworks have been developed.
  • The Locality Frameworks tailor the National Framework to local circumstances and the details of the individual Deals, recognising that local factors will be key in evaluation.

 Officers from the GCP Team have been working closely with those from the Combined Authority to take a consistent approach to working with the panel.

 Separately from the economic assessment work, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has established an Independent Economic Commission (CPIEC), whose work will be available for the GCP to use to inform its decision-making as part of the FIS. The GCP has provided a response to the CPIEC’s call for evidence and is represented within its governance structure.


The panel has now completed the National Framework and is in the final stages of completing the Locality Framework for Greater Cambridge.  GCP officers have worked very closely with SQW and Government to develop our Locality Framework, to ensure it has developed in a way that suits the needs and details of the GCP’s City Deal.

The panel’s work is being broken down into three phases:

1. DESIGN – broken down into three further stages:

  1. Development of the National Evaluation Framework
  2. Co-production of Locality Evaluation Frameworks
  3. Development of Outline Evaluation Plans for each Locality Framework



The Board delegated authority for phase 1 sign off to the Chef Executive in July 2017. Phase 1a of the work is now completed and was signed off by the Chief Executive in October 2017. The cost of this work was £30,500.

Since the last update in July 2017 officers have been working with SQW to refine phase 1b and 1c. Following an intensive period of work officers and SQW have agreed a draft version of both the Locality Evaluation Framework and the Outline Evaluation Plan. In July 2017 phases 1b and 1c were not sufficiently progressed to be able to accurately estimate their cost but estimated costs can now also be confirmed at c£300,000.

During this process officers have also worked with other UK Cities in receipt of City Deal Gainshare funds to collaborate on the thinking behind and progression of this phase of work.

As reported above, the previously agreed budget for this work is £70k (a guesstimate made in advance of working with SQW to refine the work). As such, the budget will need to be increased by £230,000 for this specific aspect of impact evaluation. Officers propose to split this across 2018/2019 and 2019/2020. Although the Chief Executive has delegated authority to sign this work off officers are keen to keep the Joint Assembly and Executive Board up to date with progress being made.

Next steps
As above, officers have gone through an intensive period of work to refine phase 1b and 1c of this work which, is in its final stage of development. As a result, the Chief Executive expects to be able to sign off both the Locality Evaluation Framework and the Outline Evaluation Plan by the end of February 2018. Over the next 22 months, officers will continue to work with SQW and with Government to ensure the evaluation process continues to progress to time and to budget.