North of Tyne Devolution: An update

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The three North of Tyne local authorities (Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland) are clear in their commitment to devolution of powers and significant funding to the North East, and have begun formal negotiations with Government for a new North of Tyne devolution deal. 

The three authorities were very disappointed that on 6 September 2016, the majority members of NECA (the other four local authorities within the Norh East Combined Authority) voted not to proceed with the original North East devolution deal that had been agreed with Government on 23 October 2015.

Government were very clear that the original deal is “off the table” but are now in formal negotiations on a new mayoral devolution deal with the three local authorities who remain committed to devolution in the belief that North of Tyne deal will inevitably have benefits for the wider region.

 

Overall vision

The three local authorities North of Tyne have an ambitious vision for the social and economic future of their communities. The following summarises their overall vision:

"We are seeking a significant devolution of power, funding and responsibility so that we can develop a clear and comprehensive plan for growth, trading even more competitively in the global market, attracting further international investment and creating much greater wealth that will contribute to UK growth and secure prosperity for our residents.

We will continue to work with the other local authorities across the North East, particularly in relation to public  transport between the five Tyne and Wear local authorities and Nexus.

We will seek to have a close relationship with the Community and Voluntary Sector* and businesses. 

We are working together to shape proposals that will benefit the whole of North of Tyne as well as supporting the whole of the region to deliver the aspirations of the Strategic Economic Plan for the North East as developed by the North East LEP."

 


*It should be noted that the three local authorities have met with the Chief Executives of VODA, Newcastle CVS and Northumberland CVA and have promised to keep consulting the VCS as the deal develops, and to provide regular updates.

 

It should also be noted that if the North of Tyne authorities agree a devolution deal it comes with the expectation that there will be an elected Mayor covering the whole area.

 

VODA will share further updates with the sector as and when we get them.

 

And we need to say that the three local authorities have met with the Chief Executives of VODA, Newcastle CVS and Northumberland CVA and have promised to keep consulting the VCS as the deal develops, and to provide regular updates. And that if the North of Tyne authorities agree a devolution deal it comes with the expectation that there will be an elected Mayor covering the whole area.
 

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