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EXCLUSIVE: More details revealed of expected devolution deals

ITV News Tyne Tees has obtained details of one of the deals for devolution to the North East and Tees Valley which, it is understood, will be announced tomorrow.

The North East combined authority will receive powers over things including transport, housing and skills, with £30 million to spend every year for 30 years.

It is thought elections for so-called 'metro-mayors' will take place in 2017.

Details of the Tees Valley combined authority deal are believed to be similar to the deal for the North East.

Full details of the deals are expected to be announced on Friday October 23.

  • Watch Frances Read's report on the disagreement and debate that has finally led to a deal.

Meanwhile, Newcastle East MP Nick Brown has told ITV News Tyne Tees that "ballot papers in a future mayoral election should contain the option to vote 'No' to all of this."

He added, "the power to borrow more money and to tax ourselves more isn’t what is needed to solve the problems that the region faces, above all, the need to stimulate private sector investment in the North East of England. This is a lot of talk and no effective action.”


EXCLUSIVE: Devolution deals expected to be announced tomorrow in the North East

Devolution set to arrive in the North East Credit: PA

ITV News Tyne Tees understands two devolution deals will be announced tomorrow - one for the Tees Valley combined authority, and one for the North East combined authority.

Political Correspondent Paul Brand has been told both will include an elected mayor - something that has been heavily debated and opposed by some council figures.

The Chancellor is expected to sign off the deals in a press call tomorrow, but Durham and Northumberland councils are understood to continue to have concerns about their rural authorities.

Some councils are calling this an 'agreement' rather than a 'deal', underscoring their reservations.


MP says devolution plans for North East are a step forward

A Newcastle MP has welcomed the news that plans for North East devolution have moved a step closer.

Proposals were put to the Government several months ago and it's understood talks are now moving to the next stage.

An agreement would see the region have a directly elected mayor, and would bring about a major change to the way decisions affecting the North East are made.

Chi Onwurah, the Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central, says it's a step forward but it's important to see what powers are given to the region.

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