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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Sunderland back 'devo deal' in principle - but want clarification on two points

Sunderland City Council has backed the regional devolution deal 'in principle' Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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.

– Councillor Paul Watson, Leader of Sunderland City Council

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.

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