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Andrew Hodgson, Chair of the North East LEP, said: “I welcome today’s decision by the North East Combined Authority Leadership Board to allow the three authorities North of Tyne to progress their devolution plans.


“Taking local control over finance and powers for areas such as housing, skills and transport is positive and can only help our growth.


“The North East LEP remains committed to continuing to deliver for all our stakeholders and will continue to work with all seven local authorities in our region to deliver the bold agenda set out in the Strategic Economic Plan (SEP).


“We will work with the three councils North of Tyne to ensure this devolution deal has business-focused outcomes, as well as seeking to ensure that businesses in the south of the region are not disadvantaged.” 




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Victoria Sutherland