City Deals for North East

Two areas in the North East could see more independence from the Government under City Deals proposals. The "cities" are to enter negotiations with the Government to take on powers and responsibilities.

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Extended interview: Sunderland's bid for City Deal

Sunderland is one of two areas in the North East which could be given more freedom from central Government.

Sunderland and the Tees Valley are being considered for the coalition's City Deal, which while not meaning more investment could lead to more local powers.

In return, the areas must show they can create growth and jobs.

The deputy chief executive of Sunderland City Council, Janet Johnson, spoke to ITV News about the city's bid to be one of the city deals.

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