The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority is a corporate legal body that is intended to facilitate decision-making on a Cambridgeshire & Peterborough basis, particularly in relation to large-scale strategic projects that are of importance to the whole region, like transport, housing, regeneration and skills.

Each of the seven Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Councils has one seat on the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, held by the council leader. The Mayor joins the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority as its chair and eighth member.

The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority has monthly meetings which rotate around the Cambridgeshire & City of Peterborough districts. The meetings are live-streamed on the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority website.

Many functions will be exercised by the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority itself, rather than being exercised by the Mayor individually.

What they are responsible for

The Mayor and the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority has responsibilities in various areas affecting aspects of life in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, such as transport, housing and skills.

What they are not responsible for

The Mayor and the Cambridgshire & Peterborough Combined Authority do not replace, nor can they overrule Cambridgeshire & Peterborough councils when the councils are exercising their own functions.

The councils continue to be directly responsible for many of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough's day-to-day services, like housing, community schools, social services, rubbish collection, street cleaning, parking permits, council tax collection and birth, death and marriage certificates. The district councils will not lose any of their existing functions, although the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority will be able to exercise certain functions concurrently with the district councils.

Central government will continue to lead on welfare, most forms of taxation and many other areas.