Find Out More About North East Devolution
South Tyneside Council is hosting the first in a series of regional devolution consultation events.
Following the announcement of a £4.2 billion devolution deal, a public consultation is now under way to give people across the region a chance to understand how the proposed devolution deal from government could be implemented and have their say.
The first North East Devolution Public Consultation Event takes place on Monday 13 February 4pm - 6pm. This event will be attended by Cllr Tracey Dixon, Leader of South Tyneside Council, Chief Executive Jonathan Tew and Senior Officers from the Council.
Residents and businesses are invited to hear a presentation at The Round, The Word in South Shields, followed by a Questions and Answers session.
Anyone interested in attending the South Tyneside event is asked to register via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/devolution-face-to-face-consultation-tickets-530490139287
Cllr Tracey Dixon, Leader of South Tyneside Council said: "The North East devolution deal provides us with a unique opportunity to bring billions of pounds of investment to the region.
"We have successfully negotiated a proposed deal which is a significant step towards securing important decision-making powers and investment for our region. This would allow us to make decisions that reflect local needs and invest wisely into projects that will make a difference for all our residents, communities, and local economy.
"We now need to engage with people across the region to move the deal to the next stage and I'd encourage residents and businesses to get involved with the process."
As well as the public consultation event on 13 February, the Council is engaging residents at a local level through a series of presentations at each of the borough's Community Area Forums:
- 9/2 East Shields and Whitburn CAF 6pm
- 16/2 Jarrow CAF 10am
- 20/2 Hebburn CAF 10am
- 23/2 West Shields & East Boldon CAF 10am
- 7/3 Riverside CAF 10am
The cabinets of the seven North East local authorities have agreed the terms and process for the 'minded to' devolution deal. The consultation which runs until 23 March gives residents and businesses an opportunity to consider and comment on the proposed scheme, centred on the plan that sets out how devolution would be implemented.
As well as multi-billion-pound investment into the region, the deal would see significant powers transferred to the North East from central government.
Residents, businesses, and other stakeholders can give their feedback online or by attending a number of face-to-face and virtual events taking place across the North East.
At the end of the consultation period a report will be brought back to each Cabinet and a summary of the consultation responses and any proposed submissions on behalf of the Councils will be sent to the Secretary of State to consider before laying an order in parliament.
To find out more and complete the online questionnaire go to www.southtyneside.gov.uk/devolution