Gateshead Council reject North East 'devo deal'

Gateshead Council's cabinet has rejected plans to bring devolved powers and an elected mayor to the North East.

All seven councils which form the North East Combined Authority are deciding whether to approve the deal.

Northumberland County Council approved the proposal, subject to certain conditions.

Sunderland, Newcastle, Durham, North Tyneside and South Tyneside will make their decisions later this week.

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Gateshead Council say they rejected devolution deal because Government didn't satisfy agreed conditions

Gateshead Council say they have rejected plans for devolution and elected mayors as the Government didn't satisfy agreed conditions of the proposed deals.

The leader of Gateshead Council Mick Henry said:

Gateshead Council supports genuine devolution for the North East of England. We’ve been open minded throughout the process and we asked Government to do the same. We signed up to the proposed agreement with conditions, and we do not believe those conditions have been satisfied.

We will continue to work with neighbouring local authorities to our mutual benefit and deliver the best possible public services to the people of Gateshead and the North East region.”

– Leader of Gateshead Council, Mick Henry

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