A new report has highlighted the impact moving powers from Westminster to the regions could have on some towns.
The research by the think tank DEMOS says cities like Newcastle could benefit from the move.
But it raises concerns towns nearby could miss out on investment and the chance to improve public health and reduce crime.
The most photographed Christmas tree in the world has left Kielder Forest for London. The tree will end up outside the Houses of Parliament at the base of Big Ben.
Kielder Forest supplies many of the civic trees for towns and cities around the country. Forestry Commission tree sale centres will soon be opening to the public. They include centres at Kielder Castle, Rothbury and Hamsterley Forest. For more information click here.
The first three-parent babies could be born by 2015 after the government set out new draft regulations which will allow donor DNA from a second mother to be implanted into a defective egg.
A debate is being held in Westminster about the UK becoming the first country in the world to legalise babies with three biological parents. The controversial IVF technique has never been tried before.
Scientists in Newcastle are pushing for the technique to made legal. But critics say it's completely unethical and would be a step too far for the human race.
Helen Ford reports on one woman who lost seven children to genetic illness, and is in favour of the change:
A controversial technique that could see babies born to three biological parents is being debated at Westminster.
Scientists at Newcastle University want the IVF treatment to be legalised to prevent rare genetic illnesses. But critics say the procedure would be completely unethical.
Colin Hart at The Christian Institute and Professor Doug Turnbull at Newcastle University voice the arguments against and for the treatment:
Scientists and religious groups have clashed over proposals for three-parent IVF, which are being debated in Westminster later today.
A controversial technique that could see babies born to three biological parents is being debated at Westminster later.
Scientists at Newcastle university want the IVF treatment to be legalised to prevent rare genetic illnesses. However, critics say the procedure would be completely unethical.
Companies that helped create the Lumiere festival in Durham are putting on a business reception in Westminster to showcase their work to MPs.
Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson has helped set it up as a way of trying to bring Research and Development investment to the North East.
Helen Ford presents our political programme from Westminster.
Payday loans - and the cheaper alternatives - will be discussed with Hexham MP Guy Opperman and Stockton North's Alex Cunningham.
Also, tonight's panel consider Westminster's response to the crisis in Syria, ahead of the party conferences.