Elections take place on 2nd May 2019 for the new post of mayor for the North of Tyne area.  Newcastle, Northumberland and North Tyneside local authorities had their bid for a devolution deal confirmed in November 2018.   A new North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) has now been established. 

The remaining members of the non-mayoral North East Combined Authority will continue to exist with members from Durham, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and the North East Local Enterprise Partnership.

The mayor and NTCA will:

  • manage a new investment fund grant of £600m over 30 years and determine priorities to drive economic growth
  • direct the budget for adult education services
  • have powers to acquire and dispose of land to deliver houses, commercial spaces and infrastructure
  • establish a statutory joint committee with the NTCA and the non-mayoral North East Combined Authority to continue with current arrangements for transport

The NTCA is the eighth devolution deal.