North of Tyne Mayor Jamie Driscoll will host a special public question time focused on rebuilding the region’s economy once the COVID-19 crisis is over.

“Once the public health crisis is over the economic recovery begins. We face huge challenges in rebuilding our economy, restoring jobs and livelihoods, and supporting our citizens back into work,” said Mayor Driscoll. “I want to hear directly from the public about how we should best do this,” added Mayor Driscoll.

Mayor Driscoll will host the event on Facebook Live at 6pm on 7th May to mark one year since he took office as North of Tyne Mayor. Details of the free public event are available on Mayor Driscoll’s Facebook page. Questions on how the region’s economy should be rebuilt can be submitted in advance using the link on the event page. Participants can also vote on which questions they most want answered.

“This is an opportunity for members of the public to have their say on rebuilding the economies of Newcastle, North Tyneside, and Northumberland once lockdown is over – everyone is welcome,” added Mayor Driscoll.

Jamie Driscoll, North of Tyne Mayor

The special digital edition of Mayor’s Question Time is the second of Jamie Driscoll’s regular question and answer sessions with the public. Future face-to-face events across the North of Tyne region are scheduled to take place when it is safe to do so.

Jamie Driscoll is the Elected Mayor of the North of Tyne Combined Authority which is responsible for spending a £20 million a year investment fund. The Authority is also due to take control of the £23 million a year adult education budget for the region from August. In May 2019 Jamie Driscoll was elected on a manifesto that pledges to focus on community wealth building, addressing the climate emergency, setting up community hubs, building affordable housing, and developing meaningful adult education.