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The North East Combined Authority (NECA)
What is the North East Combined Authority?
The North East Combined Authority brings together the seven councils which serve:
- County Durham
- North Tyneside
- South Tyneside
We aim to:
- increase growth in jobs
- increase investment and living standards
- make the North East an excellent location for business
- help residents raise their skill levels and benefit from economic growth
We speak with one voice to government, business, investors and partners.
North Tyneside plays a key role. Our Elected Mayor is the Vice Chair of the North East Combined Authority.
In November, the North East Combined Authority signed a proposed devolution agreement with government to drive economic growth and bring jobs and investment to the North East.
The agreement will change how decisions are made about:
- skills training
- business support
- housing and strategic planning
The North East Combined Authority and a new elected mayor – to be elected for the first time in 2017 – will take control of the new devolved powers.
The agreement will involve:
- up to £1.5bn targeted towards boosting economic growth and supporting the region to compete in international markets
- an initial funding allocation of £30m a year over 30 years
- creating an employment and skills board to get more people into work, increase productivity, improve the life chances of young people and address skill shortages
- improving support for business growth, innovation and global trade in the North East, to deliver the North East Strategic Economic Plan's aim to create 100,000 jobs
- possible integration of health services – including acute and primary care, community services, mental health services, social care and public health – to strengthen services, improve outcomes and reduce health inequalities
- a target to increase the number of new homes in the region - creating a North East Land Board to identify suitable locations for housing or economic development and the devolution of some statutory planning powers
- devolved responsibility for the region’s transport budget with responsibility for transport delivery, including infrastructure improvements and the development of smart ticketing across public transport networks in the area
The agreement is a first step in a process of devolution and could give chances for more devolved powers and responsibilities.
In 2016 the North East Combined Authority - with each of its constituent local authorities - will be asked if they should approve and go ahead with the proposed agreement.
In the run up to those decisions, the North East Combined Authority will consult across the whole of our region to give let communities, businesses and partners have their say.