At the end of last year, The Government and Newcastle City Council, North Tyneside Council and Northumberland County Council agreed a landmark ‘minded to approve’ devolution deal for the North of Tyne. This ‘minded to approve’ devolution deal will transfer unprecedented new powers and investment from Government to the North of Tyne.
A summary of the new powers and funding that will be available to the North of Tyne through this deal are summarised as follows:
- A new, directly elected Mayor for North of Tyne to give a strong and powerful voice to our area
- £600 million of extra money to invest in the North of Tyne
- Projects to improve education, skills and help people get into work
- Local control of the £23 million per year budget for adult education
- Powers to develop land for economic growth and regeneration
- Projects that increase the growth and productivity of our rural communities
- Working better with Government to boost trade and investment
- Projects to grow our digital sector and low-carbon economy
- A joint committee to manage public transport across the North East
- A commitment to explore new opportunities for the North of Tyne in future
This is an ambitious devolution deal, and it aims to increase opportunities and living standards across the area, and build on the North of Tyne’s impressive productivity rates. The deal will also help to drive the Northern Powerhouse and give North of Tyne a significant role in growing the economy of the North.
The views of all are important, and residents can share their opinions on the North of Tyne devolution proposal and find out more about it by attending one of the consultation events.
There will be a consultation held in Alnwick on Tuesday 23 January, 2pm to 4pm at Northumberland Hall, Market Place, Alnwick, Northumberland.
The Consultation period closes on Monday 5 February 2018.
Views can be given online at www.northoftynedevolution.com where all will be able to find out more about the proposal.