Our first Annual Report celebrates the achievements made in the past year as we set ourselves up as a new Combined Authority, and dealt with the pandemic which has impacted on so much.

Our top five achievements in 2020 were:

  • 3,000 new jobs in the pipeline for growing businesses
  • 10,000 courses for people to get good jobs
  • £24m secured to regenerate derelict land for 2,000 homes
  • £15m of immediate support for businesses and communities to tackle Covid-19
  • 2,600 young people, residents and families connected online with our digital inclusion scheme
Mayor Jamie Driscoll inside a building with wood panelling

Mayor Jamie Driscoll

Jamie Driscoll, Mayor of North of Tyne said: “This is not a job done but a job well begun. The North of Tyne has a long history of innovation and industry, and of marrying together economic success and social progress. We are home to enterprising and creative people and strong and productive businesses. Technological innovation, globalisation and environmental pressures are changing the way we live and work, as has a long and trying year of Covid-19, but our mission remains the same; a zero carbon and zero poverty economy – and we’re on our way!”

Norma Redfearn in a red suit jacket

Deputy Mayor Norma Redfearn

Norma Redfearn, Deputy Mayor of North of Tyne said: “We have proved, in this first year, that progress in whatever circumstances, is possible. We have received more money from government and spent it wisely. We have focussed our attention on those people and communities who need it most. We have, most of all, seen our resident’s lives change for the better. I couldn’t be more pleased!”

Read more about what has been achieved and how it has changed people’s lives.