North Tyneside Council has given the green light to a devolution deal to transfer powers to the North East and increase investment in excess of £1.5billion.

Members of the full council gave a positive endorsement to establish the North East Combined Authority (NECA) as a Mayoral Combined Authority, in order to unlock devolution powers.

They unanimously supported a proposal in favour of Devolution Agreement with Government to give the North East powers over employment and skills, transport, housing, planning, business support and investment, and could lead to further devolution in the future.

However the council asked for further clarification and commitment from the Government in relation to the 5 Year Gateway Reviews for the Investment Fund, Transport Levies, Local Growth Fund, Housing, Transport Majors and Airport Transport Passenger Duties.