What’s next?

A devolution deal has been agreed between Government and Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland councils.

This is known as a ‘minded to approve’ deal and that means it has to go through a statutory process before our devolved powers are handed over.

This timeline outlines what that process will be and how you can get involved.

November 2017

Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland councils will begin a governance review. This review is required by law and must show how the deal and proposed governance changes meet a number of statutory tests. It is, essentially, the economic argument for change.

The review will look at the impact of the changes proposed in the devolution deal for Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland councils to leave the existing North East Combined Authority (NECA) and set up a new North of Tyne Combined Authority. It will also look at how the deal will impact economically on the council areas of South Tyneside, Sunderland, Gateshead and County Durham.

December 2017

The governance review is considered by Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland councils. If the councils are satisfied that the statutory tests are met, the councils will decide to consult on the proposals.

December 2017 to February 2018

A consultation is launched to gather the views of the public, and a range of other organisations and key stakeholders in the region, on the governance review.

The consultation will be open for six weeks.

End of February 2018

The views gathered in the consultation will be analysed and submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

The Secretary of State will consider the results of the consultation and whether our proposals meet the statutory tests. If he believes this is the case then the next steps will involve setting up the new North of Tyne Combined Authority.

February 2018 to summer 2018

The Secretary of State will draft orders that will:

  • create the North of Tyne Combined Authority;
  • change the geographic area of the current NECA (ie without the three councils of Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland); and
  • will create a statutory joint committee to oversee transport arrangements in the wider North East region.

Subject to the relevant local authorities approving the draft order, the Secretary of State will then lay the orders before Parliament.

Summer 2018

The North of Tyne Combined Authority is set up. An interim Mayor will be appointed to oversee the authority until a Mayor is elected in 2019.

A Joint Committee for Transport is set up to manage the transport arrangements in both the North of Tyne and NECA areas.

May 2019

Elections are held in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland to elect a Mayor for the North of Tyne Combined Authority.

Picture: Tyne Bridge, Newcastle by Graeme Peacock