Consultation to take place on devolution

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Residents are being invited to have their say on devolving significant powers, funding and responsibilities to the region.

North Tyneside Council, one of seven local authorities that make up the North East Combined Authority (NECA), is working to take the proposals forward. However, the final agreement is conditional on a number of factors, including further public consultation.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “The seven local authorities that make up the North East Combined Authority (NECA) have a proposed agreement for devolution and are working with the Government to take this forward.

“Final agreement is subject to the Government’s spending review and the legislative process and is also conditional upon further public consultation and the agreement of the seven local councils.

“The councils have already agreed a series of events and North Tyneside residents are able to fully participate in these.”

The council is hosting a public event on Monday, November 16, when North Tyneside residents are invited to book a place either online via www.northeastca.gov.uk/dev olution or by contacting (0191) 643 2828. Anyone not able to attend one of the events can give their views on the proposed devolution agreement by emailing necadevolution@newcastle.gov.uk

North Tyneside joined with Newcastle, South Tyneside, Newcastle, Durham and Gateshead to sign a provisional agreement with the Government to change the way in which decisions are made about transport, investment, employment and skills, business support, housing and strategic planning in the north east.

If approved, the NECA and a new elected mayor – to be elected for the first time in 2017 – will take control of the new devolved powers.