The North East Combined Authority (NECA) recently held a consultation exercise on its outline proposals for devolution to the North East. More than 300 people gave their views on the initial proposals over the course of 8 events across the NECA area, and in written submissions. Residents, business leaders and representatives from the public, voluntary and community sectors were among those who took part in the consultation. They also held meetings with North East MPs and Lords to discuss proposals for the devolution of decision-making and funding.
Respondents felt that the North East loses out under current arrangements and there was broad positive agreement with the 12 individual proposals. Stakeholders were keen that the devolution ask of government should be ambitious and set out the potential for North East growth within the context of supporting national growth.
The detailed feedback is now being used to inform the development of a full devolution prospectus for discussion with government over the coming weeks and months. NECA have pledged to continue to keep residents, partners and other key stakeholders informed of progress and will seek your views on key issues as they move forward. Further updates will also be available through the NECA website at www.northeastca.gov.uk