North East devolution: The region decides

All seven councils which form the North East Combined Authority are deciding whether to approve the devolution deal, signed with George Osborne last autumn.

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Durham County Council defers devolution deal decision

Durham County Council says it wants to defer making a final decision on whether to sign up to a North East devolution deal until more details are known.

Durham County Council leader Simon Henig says, although members agree with devolution in principle, more information is needed before the authority fully signs up to a deal, including funding and mayoral duties.

A meeting, between all the North East councils, is scheduled for tomorrow.

Yesterday Gateshead rejected the devolution deal.

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