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Devolution for North of Tyne discussed

The process of implementing plans for devolution for North of Tyne has moved into its next phase. 

In November, Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland councils agreed with Government a ‘minded to approve’ devolution deal for the North of Tyne. 

The deal offers new powers and funding to the area, including a £600 million investment fund. 

This investment and new powers are expected to generate £1.1 billion for the local economy, create 10,000 new jobs and leverage £2.1 billion in private sector investment.

In order for the three councils to accept and implement the deal they must: 

  • come out of the current North East Combined Authority (NECA), which comprises Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland.
  • create a new mayoral combined authority for the North of Tyne area
  • create a joint transport committee to oversee public transport arrangements across the whole of the North East 

The councils have published a scheme that sets out their proposals for changing the way the seven North East councils work together on economic development, regeneration and transport matters, and for devolving new powers to the North of Tyne.

Those plans include creating a new combined authority for the North of Tyne, led by an elected mayor, to manage a range of devolved powers that will help to improve the quality and availability of housing, support infrastructure and help increase the number of residents moving into work in the area. 

Have your say:

Views are now being sought on the proposed scheme and how the new arrangements will work. 

The consultation will close on Monday 5th February.

You can give your views online here.