Discussions regarding devolution to the North East Combined Authority, which covers the local authority areas of Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland, are on hold following a Government announcement on 8 September 2016 to withdraw the ‘minded to' devolution deal.

Members of the Leadership Board had reached a majority decision on 6 September 2016 not to begin the next stage of the process at that time, as they were unable to reach an agreement on the terms of the devolution deal under which they were being asked to proceed.

Although current devolution talks have been brought to an end, the work of NECA continues in a number of areas, including Transport, Employability and Inclusion and Economic Development and Regeneration.

However, the three local authorities north of the river Tyne, Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland, have continued discussions with Government on a new devolution deal and agreed a 'minded to’ devolution deal with Government on 24 November 2017.  The three local authorities are now consulting on this. 

The consultation details can be found at: