Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Talks open over breakaway North East devo deal

  • Comment

Discussions with government about a breakaway devolution deal for three councils in the North East have begun.

LGC understands the leaders of Newcastle City Council, North Tyneside Council, and Northumberland CC are hoping to secure a deal in time to be announced in the Autumn Statement on 23 November.

The three leaders are determined to rescue something from the proposed devolution deal for the North East, which they all supported as it collapsed earlier this month.

LGC reported last week how the North East Combined Authority’s chair Paul Watson (Lab), who is also leader of Sunderland City Council, would “not stand in the way” should a formal breakaway devolution bid emerge.

LGC understands discussions with government have not yet got on to the topic of whether a directly elected mayor will be required. However, the Department for Communities & Local Government has indicated it is only likely to consider a devolution bid which includes proposals for strong governance, such as a mayor.

A deal for the core city of Newcastle, North Tyneside, and Northumberland would cover a population of 808,000 people. That is similar to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (830,000) and West of England (896,000), both of which have agreed mayoral devolution deals in principle.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.