Sunderland City Council has backed the regional devolution deal in principle, but they want clarification and further details on two points. They are:
- The investment fund for the region
- The funding for regional transport
Sunderland has given its unqualified support for the principle of devolution, and is minded to support these proposals.
We will, in the extra time that has been granted by Government, be seeking further clarification on some details before a decision in the week beginning Monday 9 May.
Gateshead Council's cabinet has already rejected plans to bring devolved powers and an elected mayor to the North East.
Northumberland County Council approved the proposal earlier this week, subject to certain conditions.
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.