Mark Whitehead 13 December 2017

Next stage for North of Tyne devolution deal

Councils in the North East have launched a public consultation over the next stage of a devolution plan for the area.

The cabinets of Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland councils this week agreed to start implementing plans to create a new North of Tyne authority.

They say it offers unprecedented new powers and funding including a £600m investment fund which would generate £1.1bn for the local economy, create 10,000 new jobs and leverage £2.1bn in private sector investment.

The councils would have to quit the current North East Combined Authority which comprises Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland.

They would have to create a new combined authority for the North of Tyne area led by a mayor and a joint committee to oversee transport.

The councils are publishing proposals for devolving powers to the new authority and working together on economic development, regeneration and transport.

Cllr Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council, said: 'The devolution deal is a significant step forward in taking control of our own future.

'Success will not be delivered by politicians in meetings however, so it is vital local people get involved, have their say and think about how we can all contribute to creating a better tomorrow for all our communities.'

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