Local growth

The Council seeks to focus on supporting the development of a robust and diverse economy and sustainable communities across Northumberland.

The council aims to maximise the benefits of securing employment and training opportunities for residents of Northumberland through planning obligations, land sale conditions and procurement clauses.

Social clauses for jobs and training
The Public Service (Social Value) Act (2012) requires local authorities to consider how services they commission and procure can improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of the area.

The council is committed to using these powers to create training and employment opportunities, improving the local skills base, supporting more residents into sustainable jobs, and increasing opportunities for local supply chains.

Contract tenders include ‘social and economic’ questions to demonstrate how these benefits can be realised and contracts include clauses to secure benefits for residents in:
  • new employment opportunities
  • apprenticeships
  • training opportunities
  • work experience placements.
Contractors must also demonstrate how they will work with local supply chains and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to benefit Northumberland’s economy. In turn, the council is committed to working together with contractors to deliver these outputs and offers support in the training and recruitment process. The approach can bring benefits to the council and its residents, local business and contractors.
Northumberland County Council is working with organisations such as The Construction Industry Training Board and North East Procurement Organisation to develop the approach further.

For further information, contact:
We produce economic policy and research for ourselves and other partners, such as the Northumberland economic strategy.

This includes the Northumberland economic strategy and the Northumberland economic assessment. This is one of the roles of the economic and inclusion policy team within the planning, economy and housing directorate.

The team also acts as a co-ordinating point between council services, its delivery bodies (including Arch) and regional organisations, including the North East combined authority and North East local enterprise partnership.
The strategy was formally approved by the council in February 2015, following engagement, discussion and consultation with partners. The executive summary of the strategy and full document are available below. The summary provides the context for the Northumberland core strategy.

We are also finalising other documents which will be posted online when available.
The local economic assessment is research which details Northumberland's economy. Much of the recent evidence is set out in the economic strategy and the assessment is regularly updated.  
Rob Strettle
Senior Economic Policy Officer
Economic and Inclusion Policy Team
Planning, Economy and Housing
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
NE61 2EF