Labour mayor candidate says Cambridgeshire Combined Authority should be more diverse and inclusive
PUBLISHED: 19:29 14 March 2017
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Cllr Kevin Price says the authority must better reflect the community it serves.
Councillor Kevin Price, Labour’s candidate for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mayor, has said that the Mayor and Combined Authority need to come up with a plan to increase diversity and representation on the new Combined Authority or risk it being seen as too distant from, and unrepresentative of, residents across the area.
Speaking ahead of the first formal hustings event this Friday, March 17, at Cambridge Rugby Club for developers and housing professionals, Councillor Price said: “ It is already clear that women and ethnic minority communities are going to be under-represented on the Combined Authority and its committees and there is a real risk that it will all end up being too remote from the vast majority of residents when the idea of devolution is to bring decision making back from Westminster to our own region.
“The way the government legislation has framed the Combined Authority means that currently only elected members and business representatives will have their say on the key issues of housing, transport infrastructure and skills but I don’t think we should stop there and it is up to the Mayor to tackle this right from the start.
“I would like to see other important organisations being given at least observer status on the board and committees - like unions, voluntary and community organisations and also parish councils.
“I also want the new Combined Authority to draw up a clear plan to increase the diversity of its own members, working with the constituent councils and the LEP. We can only benefit from making sure we are genuinely representative of the communities we will serve.”