A part of our devolution deal is to have a North of Tyne Elected Mayor. Our deal has secured £600m over the next 30 years, with the aim to create 10,000 jobs and boost our local economy by over £1bn.
The devolution deal is extra funding on top of the money Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland councils already spend. The deal means more decisions will be taken locally rather than by central government.
In May 2019 Jamie Driscoll, the former councillor of Newcastle’s Monument ward, was elected as the first ever Mayor for the North of Tyne Combined Authority with a manifesto focused on five key policy areas.
North Tyneside Mayor Norma Redfearn sat as interim mayor of the combined authority until Jamie’s election.
Jamie Driscoll works together, in collaboration, with the six local authority Cabinet members. As mayor, Jamie and the cabinet are accountable for the Combined Authority’s activity.
As of August 2020, despite the coronavirus pandemic, the NTCA cabinet have already approved a community hubs pilot and a Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change. Moreover, the £23 million Adult Education is live and we have secured £24 million of funding from the Government’s Brownfield Housing fund, to support the delivery of up to 2,500 houses on brownfield land. We are also working in collaboration with local universities and global companies like P&G to become a leader in green technology and innovation.
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As a region we have some great assets - a proud history of industrial innovation, beautiful scenery and people famous for their warmth and friendliness.