North of Tyne Combined Authority
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North of Tyne Combined Authority within England
Type
Type
History
Founded2 November 2018
Leadership
Elected Mayor
Jamie Driscoll
since 6 May 2019
Structure
Joint committees
North East Joint Transport Committee
Meeting place
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The Quadrant, Cobalt Business Park, Wallsend
Website
www.northoftyne-ca.gov.uk Edit this at Wikidata

The North of Tyne Combined Authority is the combined authority for the historic county boundaries of Northumberland, North East England.[1] The authority came into being on 2 November 2018 under the statutory name Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside and Northumberland Combined Authority. The three local authorities previously formed part of the North East Combined Authority.[2] For transport policy the two combined authorities come together to form the North East Joint Transport Committee.[3]

The authority met for the first time on 8 November 2018 at Morpeth Town Hall. Norma Redfearn, the elected mayor of North Tyneside Council, was appointed the chair until an interim mayor was appointed.[4] At the combined authority cabinet meeting held on 4 December 2018, Norma Redfearn was confirmed as the interim mayor, and remained in post until the election of Labour and Co-operative's Jamie Driscoll as the authority's first directly elected mayor.

History

The authority was formed on 2 November 2018 and in May 2019, elections were held for a directly elected regional mayor who has taken control of certain powers and funding devolved from Westminster to the newly formed region.[5] A fund of £600 million over 30 years, to be administered by the new mayor, was announced in the November 2017 budget.[6]

The responsibilities and governance of the three constituent local authorities will remain unchanged.[7]

The total population of the combined area is approximately 816,000[8] and it covers an area of 2,012 square miles (5,210 km2).[9] Despite the name "North of Tyne," parts of the area are south of the River Tyne, including the towns of Hexham and Prudhoe.

On 27 April 2018, Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle City Council voted to support the proposal.[10] In November 2018 parliament approved the proposal and the first election for the combined authority took place on 2 May 2019 along with the other elections across the United Kingdom.[11]

The 2020 Spring Budget from central government reserves funding for "intra-city transport" between Tees Valley and Tyne and Wear, which has been interpreted by some as meaning the borders of the North of Tyne Combined Authority could be adjusted.[12]

Following the release of the Levelling Up White Paper in February 2022, it was announced that the North of Tyne is proposed to be replaced by a larger North East combined authority; it would include South Tyneside and Sunderland, County Durham is currently in pursuit of an independent devolution plan.[13] This would come with an expansion of powers, with transport, various other local powers and incorporating the police and crime commissioner role for Northumbria Police- as the borders would be the same- inline with other metro mayors. It is a high probability the next election will take place during the 2024 United Kingdom local elections.[13]

Membership

Formal membership of the North of Tyne Combined Authority consists of those serving on the following statutory committees:

Cabinet

The Cabinet of the Combined Authority met for the first time on 8 November 2018 at Morpeth Town Hall in Northumberland. The current membership of the Cabinet is as follows:

Name Position within Nominating Authority Nominating Authority Portfolio within North of Tyne

Combined Authority Cabinet

Jamie Driscoll Elected Mayor of North of Tyne North of Tyne Combined Authority Elected Mayor of North of Tyne, Chair of Cabinet
Norma Redfearn Elected Mayor of North Tyneside North Tyneside Council Deputy Mayor of North of Tyne, Vice Chair of Cabinet,

Cabinet Member for Housing and Land

Nick Forbes Leader of the Council Newcastle City Council Cabinet Member for Business Competitiveness
Glen Sanderson Leader of the Council Northumberland County Council Cabinet Member for Place and Productivity
Bruce Pickard Statutory Deputy Mayor North Tyneside Council Cabinet Member for Economic Growth
Joyce McCarty Deputy Leader of the Council Newcastle City Council Cabinet Member for Employability and Inclusion
Wayne Daley Deputy Leader of the Council Northumberland County Council Cabinet Member for Education Improvement

Overview and Scrutiny Committee

The North of Tyne Combined Authority Overview and Scrutiny Committee had its first meeting on 17 December 2018. The membership of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee is as follows:

Name Position Nominating Authority Notes
Gregah Alan Roughead Chair Northumberland County Council Former Mayor of Berwick-upon-Tweed
Linda Wright Vice Chair Newcastle City Council Former Lord Mayor of Newcastle upon Tyne
Stephen Fairlie Committee Member Newcastle City Council
Anita Lower Committee Member Newcastle City Council Leader of the Opposition on Newcastle City Council
Gordon Stewart Committee Member Northumberland County Council
Susan Dungworth Committee Member Northumberland County Council Leader of the Opposition on Northumberland County Council
Sandra Graham Committee Member North Tyneside Council
Margaret Hall Committee Member North Tyneside Council
Gary Bell Committee Member North Tyneside Council

Audit and Standards Committee

The membership of the Audit and Standards Committee is as follows:

Name Position Nominating Authority Notes
Clare Penny-Evans Committee Member Newcastle City Council Vice Chair of Audit Committee, Newcastle City Council
Alistair Chisholm Committee Member Newcastle City Council
Anita Lower Committee Member Newcastle City Council Leader of the Opposition on Newcastle City Council
Mark David Swinburn Committee Member Northumberland County Council Vice Chair of Audit Committee, Northumberland County Council
Jeffrey George Watson Committee Member Northumberland County Council Civic Head of Northumberland
Scott James Dickinson Committee Member Northumberland County Council Former Business Chair of Northumberland County Council
Ray Glindon Committee Member North Tyneside Council
Debbie Cox Committee Member North Tyneside Council
Martin Rankin Committee Member North Tyneside Council

Local Government

Map of the local government authorities of North East England, highlighting the area covered by the North of Tyne Combined Authority.
Map of the local government authorities of North East England, highlighting the area covered by the North of Tyne Combined Authority.

The Combined Authority consists of the following authorities (2019 population estimates):

Authority Type Population Area (km²) Pop. Density (per km²)
Northumberland Unitary authority 322,434 5,014 64
Newcastle upon Tyne Metropolitan borough 302,820 113.5 2,646
North Tyneside Metropolitan borough 207,913 82.32 2,502

References

  1. ^ "Welcome -". North of Tyne. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  2. ^ "The Newcastle Upon Tyne, North Tyneside and Northumberland Combined Authority (Establishment and Functions) Order 2018", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 2018/1133, retrieved 29 October 2020
  3. ^ "The North East Joint Transport Committee".
  4. ^ Eden, Tom; Seddon, Sean; Holland, Daniel (8 November 2018). "North of Tyne Combined Authority - every update from the first official cabinet meeting". Evening Chronicle. Newcastle upon Tyne: Reach plc. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  5. ^ Seddon, Sean (24 November 2017). "Don't get why North of Tyne devolution is a big deal? Here it is simplified". Evening Chronicle. Newcastle upon Tyne: Reach plc. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  6. ^ "More details of north of Tyne devolution deal announced". BBC News. 24 November 2017. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Questions about devolution -". North of Tyne. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  8. ^ Newcastle = 296,500; North Tyneside = 203,300; Northumberland = 316,000
  9. ^ Newcastle = 44 sq mi (110 km2); North Tyneside = 32 sq mi (83 km2) Northumberland = 1,936 sq mi (5,010 km2)
  10. ^ "Devolution deal for North of Tyne councils agreed". BBC News. 27 April 2018. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  11. ^ Walker, Jonathan (2 November 2019). "'A golden era for the North East': The new North of Tyne Combined Authority is launched". Evening Chronicle. Newcastle upon Tyne: Reach plc. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  12. ^ "English devolution: combined authorities and metro mayors". Institute for Government. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  13. ^ a b Holland, Daniel (7 February 2022). "What you need to know about plans for a new North East mayor". ChronicleLive. Retrieved 14 February 2022.

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