Members of the task force visited County Durham yesterday and explained that they could only try and influence the government, they had no money to spend.
Durham CC leader Don Robson welcomed the task force however. He said: 'This is the first time we have had a positive strategy to bring all the parties together.
'It's a very exciting day for the North-East.'
- Wansbeck DC has called for an end to universal capping to enable more cash to be spent on reviving former pit communities.