Questions about the impact on the wider North East

I live in the south of Tyne – will I be worse off with this deal?

The investment, jobs and other opportunities this deal brings will have a positive impact across the North East. In fact, we expect 25% of the 10,000 new and better jobs created through the deal to be taken up by people living in County Durham, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland.

Businesses across the region will also benefit from additional spending in the supply chain, both by consumers and other businesses.

Why is this just for part of the North East?

Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland councils have decided that a devolution deal with an Elected Mayor is our best opportunity to tackle the economic and social challenges facing the North of Tyne.

The deal will not only benefit the North of Tyne area. New jobs, investment in the economy, faster housing development and improvements to our transport infrastructure will have a positive impact on the south of Tyne and wider North East.

The Elected Mayor will also act as a champion for our region, promoting the potential of the North East nationally and internationally.

Why are you breaking up the North East? Surely that can’t be good for the region.

This deal does not break up the North East – far from it. The Elected Mayor will act as a champion for the North of Tyne both nationally and internationally, and the wider North East will benefit from the economic growth and new jobs the deal will provide.

It is right that different parts of the region decide what governance arrangements work best for their areas. We are committed to continuing to work collaboratively with our local authority neighbours, business organisations and the North East Local Economic Partnership (NELEP) to maximise the economic benefits we can jointly deliver.

How will the south of Tyne local authorities, public and other organisations be consulted?

We will launch our consultation in December 2017.

Local authorities in County Durham, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland will be invited to take part. Residents from these areas will also be able to give their views, either through our online questionnaire or at our consultation events.

We will also invite all of the relevant organisations and businesses in the area to take part in the consultation so that everyone can have their say.