Have your say on deal for regional devolution

The leaders of the seven local authorities which form NECA.
The leaders of the seven local authorities which form NECA.

Residents in Northumberland can have a say on plans for a combined authority for the region.

Northumberland County Council has launched a consultation on the proposals for the devolution of powers from central government to the new North East Combined Authority (NECA).

As part of the consultation, a survey has been commissioned by the council asking residents, councillors and staff for their views on devolution issues and the council is keen to get as many people as possible to respond.

The devolution agreement was signed by the members of the NECA and the Government in October.

The agreement outlines new powers for the North East and changes how decisions will be made about transport, investment, funding, skills training, business support, housing and strategic planning.

The agreement offers new opportunities for businesses and residents by devolving significant powers, funding and responsibilities to the region. It will also result in a new mayor who will be elected for the first time in 2017.

The survey can be found online – http://tinyurl.com/hh7dv3d
Devolution will be discussed at a county council meeting in the New Year.