North East Combined Authority
The following councils have come together to form the North East Combined Authority:
- North Tyneside
- South Tyneside
This authority will deliver a more coordinated approach to important issues affecting the region. These are issues such as transport, skills and attracting investment.
This will not replace individual councils. They will continue to deliver the vast majority of services to local communities.
Gateshead council decided not to proceed with the Government's proposed North East Devolution Agreement. This agreement was offered to the North East Combined Authority.
The agreement contains plans to give powers, funding and responsibilities to the region. This would change the way we make decisions about:
- transport investment
- skills training
- business support
- strategic planning
Within the agreement, the Government have imposed the creation of a Mayoral Combined Authority. But, there is concern that this will place too much responsibility on one individual.
Additionally, it is not clear that there will be a fair funding agreement. This means that Government may not assign enough funding to meet the new responsibilities of the combined authority.
While the council supports genuine devolution for the North East, we feel the current offer is not good enough.
However, the council will continue to have an open dialogue with Government. We will also work with our neighbouring local authorities who are progressing with the deal. This way, we can ensure the best possible outcome for the people of Gateshead and the North East.
For further information, visit the devolution section on the North East Combined Authority website.