Consultation

Have your say on the proposed new devolution governance arrangements for the North of Tyne by taking part in our consultation.

How to get involved

Please read the information below about the devolution proposals. Full copies of the governance review and proposed scheme are also provided for your reference.

At the bottom of this page is a link to an online survey where you can give your views on the proposals. There are also details of consultation events that will take place in January 2018.

If you don’t want to take part online, you can pick up a copy of our consultation document and questionnaire from your local library or customer service centre. Find out more here.

Background

On 24 November 2017 the three North of Tyne Authorities of Newcastle City Council, North Tyneside Council and Northumberland County Council agreed a ‘minded-to’ devolution deal with Government for a significant shift of powers, funding and responsibility. The deal provides the opportunity for the area to begin to take control of decisions that previously have been made in Westminster and provides access to a long-term investment fund of £600m.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to help to grow the economy, retain the region’s talent and support residents to access new and better jobs. We want to deliver good-quality work underpinned by a society that is strong and has confidence in the future.

As part of the wider North East, the North of Tyne is an economic area in its own right and has a strong record of job creation. It hosts world leading businesses, is well connected and has a number of high-growth sectors including digital, life sciences, offshore, subsea and energy technologies, pharmaceuticals, tourism and culture. Devolution provides additional tools to build on the success to date.

Through the deal, new powers and the investment fund will be used to help existing businesses to grow, attract new businesses to the area and deal with the diverse challenges around educational attainment and skills provision for residents. We want to retain more of our local talent in our region and create a better quality of opportunity.

A £600m investment fund will generate an additional £1.1bn to the economy, deliver over 10,000 new jobs and attract over £2.1bn of private sector investment. This growth and access to new jobs will benefit the whole of the North East area.

In order to access the new powers and funding in the deal a new Mayoral Combined Authority needs to be created for the North of Tyne area. An election for the Mayor will take place in May 2019. This will give a seat at the national table and provide a strong voice for the area. It will place the area on a level playing field with other major areas such as Greater Manchester, the West Midlands, Liverpool and Tees Valley.

The creation of a North of Tyne Combined Authority will require Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland councils to come out of the existing North East Combined Authority (NECA). This consultation explains these changes and seeks your views.

Working in partnership across the North East as a whole, our objective is to raise ambition and opportunity, and to build confidence in the future. We want to retain and attract talented young people and create an economy that enables people and businesses to fulfil their potential. Devolution is for the long term and the actions we take today will support our children to be the business leaders and skilled workers of tomorrow.  We hope that you support our ambition and agree that the devolution deal for the North of Tyne is an opportunity not to be missed.

What is this consultation all about?

The three North of Tyne councils (Newcastle City Council, North Tyneside Council and Northumberland County Council) have published a scheme under the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009.

Currently, the three North of Tyne councils are members of the North East Combined Authority (NECA), together with Durham County Council, Gateshead Council, South Tyneside Council and Sunderland City Council. NECA is a body covering the area of these seven councils, through which the councils work together in partnership to manage economic development, regeneration and transport matters.

Our published scheme sets out proposals for changing the way in which the councils work together on these matters, and for devolving new powers to the area of the three North of Tyne councils.

We propose that the three North of Tyne councils should come out of NECA and work together in partnership through a new combined authority for the area of the North of Tyne. This new combined authority will be led by a Mayor elected by residents across the North of Tyne area. We are also proposing that new powers are devolved to the new North of Tyne Combined Authority to help improve the quality and availability of housing, to support infrastructure, to help improve educational attainment and to help increase the number of residents moving into work.

Our proposals maintain the current approach for jointly managing transport across the whole of the North East (see the transport section later in this document).

We are making these proposals in order for the devolution deal, which the three North of Tyne councils have agreed and entered into with Government, to be implemented. The deal was announced on 24 November 2017 and involves £600m of new government investment to go to the North of Tyne area to spend on local priorities to boost growth, together with a range of devolved powers. The Government is minded to agree the deal and provide the £600m investment if our proposals for managing the area and devolving powers are implemented.

The first step to implement our proposals is to seek your views on them through this public consultation which runs from Thursday 14 December 2017 to Monday 5 February 2018.

The two documents below provide further information about the proposals:

  • Governance review which is a review of how things are currently managed in the region
  • Scheme which sets out the proposals for (a) the amendment of the boundaries of the NECA to remove the three North of Tyne councils, (b) the creation of a new mayoral combined authority for the North of Tyne area with devolved powers, and (c) a Transport Joint Committee to maintain the current approach for jointly managing transport across the whole of the North East.

How will my views play a part?

This public consultation is your chance to have a say on our proposals. A summary of the responses will be considered by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who will have regard to the views of the public and other stakeholders when deciding whether to make the required legislation to put the changes into effect.

If you are unable to take part online or by using a paper survey please call (0191) 643 2225 and we will discuss the best way for you to take part. This may include making materials available in another format such as large print, Braille or another language.

We will also be holding consultation events in January 2018. More information will provided about those events on this website in the new year.

Give your views

Once you have read the information above, please click on the link below to give your views on these proposals.

Thank you for taking part.