Devolution deal decision delayed

Devolution deal decision delayed in the North East Credit: PA

A decision on regional devolution for the North East won't be made until May.

A meeting of the NECA leaders has taken place this afternoon, and there will be a further meeting on the 9th of May while some issues are considered.

Some of the key outstanding issues:

  • Confirmation on how Government plans to devolve sustainable travel funding to the region is still outstanding

  • Lack of government’s commitment to build a “rural proofing” element into the allocation of the Investment Fund to ensure that rural areas are not left behind

  • More details needed on ensuring the North East is not disadvantaged in relation to the fiscal freedoms granted to the Scottish Government

  • The Prime Minister committed during the 2015 general election campaign to protecting

  • The lack of an announcement in the March 2016 Budget on the impact of Air Passenger Duty on the North East, after Scotland were given powers to reduce the rate North of the Border

The councils' have decided as follows:

  • Durham County Council - Cabinet has deferred a decision

  • Gateshead Council - Whilst supporting the principle of devolution, Cabinet did not endorse the Devolution Agreement and did not consent to the Authority being part of a Mayoral Combined Authority.

  • Newcastle City Council – Cabinet has endorsed the proposed agreement

  • North Tyneside Council - Cabinet has confirmed support for the Proposed Agreement and seeks clarification on outstanding issues

  • Northumberland County Council – Cabinet is minded to agree the Proposed Agreement subject to clarification on outstanding issues.

  • South Tyneside Council – Cabinet has agreed to continue to negotiate with Government on a range of issues.

  • Sunderland City Council – Cabinet has confirmed support for the Proposed agreement and seeks clarification on outstanding issues