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Trailblazer devolution deal signed by council leaders

An historic transfer of power and money from Westminster to the North East was confirmed following the signing of a landmark devolution deal between the government and the leaders of the region’s major councils.

The North East ‘trailblazer’ devolution deal will hand the incoming North East Mayor and Cabinet more control over transport, housing and skills, and makes available over £100 million of new funding that can be invested in the North East’s priorities.

It sets a clear route for the region to take on the same core powers agreed with West Midlands Mayor Andy Street and Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, and in places it goes further – with a trailblazing approach to public sector innovation and a new North East Coastal and Rural Taskforce being set up to strengthen the region’s rural and coastal communities.

To mark the historic moment, seven council leaders from County Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland came together at St Chad’s College in Durham to sign the agreement with Levelling Up Minister Jacob Young.

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