What’s next?

Here you can learn more about the devolution timeline and what happens next.

What we’ve done so far

  • 24 November 2017

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

It was known as a ‘minded to approve’ deal and that means it had to go through a statutory process before our devolved powers are handed over. Read more here.

  • November 2017

Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland councils carried out a governance review. The 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 looked 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 also looked at how the deal will impact economically on the council areas of South Tyneside, Sunderland, Gateshead and County Durham. Read the governance review here.

  • December 2017

Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland councils considered the governance review. The councils were satisfied that the statutory tests were met so agreed to progress to a consultation on the proposals.

  • December 2017 to February 2018

A six-week consultation was held to gather the views of the public, organisations and key stakeholders in the region on the governance review. Read a summary of the consultation feedback here.

  • End of February 2018

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

The Secretary of State considered the results of the consultation and agreed that our proposals met the statutory tests.

  • February 2018 to summer 2018

The Secretary of State drafted orders to:

  • 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
  • create a statutory joint committee to oversee transport arrangements in the wider North East region.

All of the local authorities in the current NECA approved the draft order.

  • 24 July 2018

The Secretary of State laid the order to create the North of Tyne Combined Authority before Parliament. Read more about this process here.

What happens next?

  • Autumn 2018

The order to create the North of Tyne Combined Authority will be debated in Parliament. Once the deal clears the Parliamentary process, we will progress with setting up the Combined Authority.

An interim Mayor will be appointed to oversee the authority until a Mayor is elected in 2019. A Joint Committee for Transport will be set up to manage the transport arrangements in both the North of Tyne and NECA areas.

  • May 2019

Elections will be 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