The statutory Order to establish the Combined Authority has now been laid in Parliament. Over the summer, this will follow a standard legal process with the expectation that the Combined Authority will come into being in late October. The election of the Elected Mayor will subsequently follow in May 2019.
In readiness for this, a number of work streams are being progressed as follows:
- The preparation of a draft Constitution which will detail the governance procedures of the new Combined Authority
- The development of the North of Tyne Combined Authority’s Vision within the context of the North East Strategic Economic Plan
- The development of an Assurance Framework for approval by Government to release the agreed Investment Fund at the inception of the Combined Authority
- The putting in place of the various operational processes that will allow the Combined Authority to function effectively from its inception
With regard to the delivery of the thematic areas within the devolution deal, the focus is very much on mobilising activity and prioritising those areas of work that have specific deadlines associated with them.
For more information, read a stakeholder update letter from Jackie Laughton, Head of Corporate Strategy North Tyneside Council (on behalf of North of Tyne)