What will the Elected Mayor do?
The Elected Mayor will chair the board of the North of Tyne Combined Authority and will have a number of specific powers. These relate to being able to:
- set up Mayoral Development Corporations to support delivery on strategic sites across the North of Tyne;
- some compulsory purchase powers; and
- the power to set a council tax precept to pay for the Elected Mayor’s work (in agreement with the local authorities).
The Elected Mayor will champion the North of Tyne (and wider North East) nationally and internationally. This role is vital in ensuring our voice is heard and that we do not fall behind other areas that have Elected Mayors representing their areas to central Government.
Who will choose the Elected Mayor?
The Elected Mayor will be elected by the voters of Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland. The election will take place in May 2019.
The Elected Mayor will initially have a five-year term, which will be reduced to four years from 2024 onwards so that the Elected Mayor will be elected at the same time as the mayors for other UK major cities.
An interim Mayor will be appointed to support the North of Tyne Combined Authority between summer 2018 (when we expect the authority to be established) and May 2019 when the Elected Mayor is elected.
Will setting up a new combined authority with an Elected Mayor cost the taxpayer more money and involve more red tape?
No, the new arrangements will streamline decision making through greater independence from central Government and the ability for local people to take local decisions.
The costs of setting up the North of Tyne Combined Authority will be met through the funding provided in the devolution deal.
There is already an Elected Mayor in North Tyneside – why do we need another one?
The Elected Mayor for North Tyneside and the Elected Mayor for the North of Tyne Combined Authority have different roles.
The Elected Mayor for North Tyneside leads North Tyneside Council and will continue to do so. The political leadership arrangements for Newcastle City Council and Northumberland County Council will also stay the same as they are now.
The role of the Elected Mayor for the North of Tyne is much broader. He/she will head up the North of Tyne Combined Authority and, together with the six local authority Cabinet members, be accountable for its activity, as well as acting as a champion for the area nationally and internationally.
Picture: Northumberland Park, North Shields