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North East Combined Authority

The North East Combined Authority is a new legal body that brings together the seven councils which serve County Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland , South Tyneside and Sunderland.

Our ambition is to create the best possible condition for growth in jobs, investment and living standards, making the North East an excellent location for business and enabling residents to develop high-level skills so they can benefit long into the future.

To deliver these aims we have united to speak with one voice to Government, business, investors and partners.

Further information about the North East Leadership Board, including:

What we do

North East Leadership Board

The North East Leadership Board (NELB) is the strategic decision-making body of the Combined Authority, responsible for a number of transport functions and economic development and growth.

Membership
The North East Leadership Board (NELB) is comprised of the six leaders and the elected Mayor, plus the Chair of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership operating within a framework of collective decision-making and accountability. Further information about membership.

Transport North East Committee
A significant body within the combined authority is the transport North East Committee. This is a joint committee of the Combined Authority and seven individual councils that advises the Combined Authority and oversee the delivery of transport functions across the area.

During an initial period of operation there are three delivery organisations:

  • Durham County Council manages delegated transport function within its own boundary.
  • Northumberland County Council manages delegated transport functions within its own boundary.
  • Nexus manages the functions which it previously delivered within the Tyne and Wear area. 

For more information please see Transport North East Committee.

Tyne and Wear Sub-Committee
A number of transport functions have been delegated by the North East Leadership Board to the transport North East Committee, and then to the Tyne and Wear Sub-Committee in respect of the area of the Tyne and Wear Authorities.

The Sub-Committee will:

  • Advise the Transport North East Committee on local needs and priorities and provide a local focus for delivery of transport functions. 
  • Take responsibility for delivery of local programmes, determination of local priorities and co-ordination of highway management functions with partner agencies.

For more information please see Tyne and Wear Sub-Committee.

Durham and Northumberland County Councils
A number of transport functions have been delegated by the North East Leadership Board to Durham and Northumberland County Councils in relation to their administrative areas. The County Councils will:

  • Advise the Transport North East Committee on local needs and priorities and provide a local focus for delivery of transport functions. 
  • Take responsibility for delivery of local programmes, determination of local priorities and co-ordination of highway management functions with partner agencies.

Governance Committee
The Governance Committee is a key component of the NELB's corporate governance arrangements.

It is an important source of assurance about the organisation's arrangements for managing risk, maintaining an effective control environment and reporting on financial and other performance and for the promotion and maintenance of high standards of conduct by its elected and co-opted members.

For more information please see Governance Committee.

Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Effective scrutiny arrangements are an essential part of local democracy, enhancing accountability and transparency of decision-making and enabling local councillors to represent the views of their constituents. These arrangements have been established to enable local councillors, on behalf of their communities, to scrutinise and challenge all matters within the remit of the Combined Authority.

The Overview and Scrutiny Committee also investigates matters of significant importance to residents within the areas covered by the seven councils with a view to influencing decision s made in respect of all matters within the remit of the Combined Authority.

For more information please see Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

North East Local Enterprise Partnership

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP) brings together business leaders, universities and elected members of the North East Combined Authority. It is the fourth largest local enterprise partnership in the UK, covering the local authority areas of County Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland.

For further information please see North East Local Enterprise Partnership.

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