The Greater Cambridge Partnership is the local delivery body for a City Deal with central Government, bringing powers and investment, worth up to £1 billion over 15 years, to vital improvements in infrastructure, supporting and accelerating the creation of 44,000 new jobs, 33,500 new homes and 420 additional apprenticeships.
As part of the City Deal, launched in 2015,the Government provided Greater Cambridge with £100m, consisting of five annual payments of £20m, in order to provide Greater Cambridge with a high level of certainty to commence investment in its ambitious programme of transport infrastructure and other investments. The City Deal also indicated that the Greater Cambridge would be able to access up to an additional £400m over 10-15 years, dependent on the economic impact of local investments, which would be assessed through a "Gateway Review" every five years.
The first Gateway Review of the economic impact of GCP investments was recently concluded; more information on the outcome is available here.
As part of the Gateway Review, the Government considered a range of evidence on the progress and impact of investments to date.
The key evidence for the Gateway Review was provided by a National Evaluation Panel, led by SQW. The Panel was commissioned by all 11 places across the UK in receipt of this kind of Government investment, with the explicit purpose to provide independent evaluation of the impact of local investments. The evidence produced by SQW is available using the links below. It includes:
- Overview Report: the core paper summarising the key findings from the independent evaluation.
- Progress Evaluation Evidence Paper: paper setting out the findings on progress of investments against intended spend, activity and output profiles.
- Impact Evaluation Evidence Paper: paper presenting findings on the early effects of investments in three Cross-City Cycling schemes.
- Capacity Building and Partnership Evaluation Evidence Paper: paper providing evidence on how Government funding has contributed to local economic development capacity and partnership working.
In addition to the independent evaluation, the GCP was given an opportunity to present a "complementary report", providing further insights across the range of GCP interventions to date, as well as examining future investment plans as outlined in the Future Investment Strategy, agreed by the Executive Board in March 2019. This is also available below.