North Tyneside Council has confirmed it is prepared to sign up to the North East devolution agreement to establish the North East Combined Authority.
The decision was made at a council meeting tonight.
“For too long decisions about this region and our residents have been made in London by people who don’t necessarily understand the needs of our communities.
“Here in North Tyneside we want important decisions about this region to be taken here in the north east, not in London. We want the power to invest in our own economy and create jobs. We also want to have better regulation of our local transport, including setting bus fares and bus routes; and making sure that skills funding is targeted at local business needs.
The council deferred its decision in March so that further clarification and commitment could be sought from Government.
The county council has endorsed plans after receiving government assurances on support for rural areas and growing the county’s economy.
A decision on regional devolution for the North East won't be made until May while some issues are considered by all parties.