Leader welcomes devolution deal

24 Nov 2017

The Leader of Northumberland County Council has expressed his delight at the devolution deal secured this week for the North of Tyne - Northumberland, Newcastle and North Tyneside.

Councillor Peter Jackson said: “Since the formation of a new administration earlier this year, as leader of this council I’ve been personally involved in discussions with government ministers on the details of this exciting new venture for our county.

“This is a new type of deal with unprecedented devolution of powers to the North of Tyne. It is a once in a lifetime chance to take local decisions about our future to provide more and better opportunities for everyone.

“We have been working with Government since the beginning of the year to agree a deal that builds on our strong track record of creating jobs and nurturing world-leading businesses. 

“We have also negotiated for powers that will allow us to help our people develop new skills, improve their job prospects, access more and better homes, and live in an area that is well-connected, vibrant and thriving.

“This deal will streamline decision making on important issues that affect our growth and prosperity, and give us the power locally to decide how we drive economic growth and create confident and skilled communities.  

“It comes with a new, directly elected Mayor who will provide a strong voice for the area and ensure that we play an active role on a national and international level.  

“There are aspects of this deal which are particularly important to the future of our county. Not only will we benefit directly from very significant investment funds, we will be the first area outside London to benefit from an education challenge fund, giving us extra tools to tackle the need for improvement of our educational standards.

“The government has also asked us to be a pilot area for rural economic growth and rural housing and again this gives us a once in a generation opportunity to make a real difference to the future of many communities across Northumberland.”