Devolution of power: What’s next for the North?

Tuesday 15 March 2022 10:30-11:15

Invest Newcastle, Stand C19.C

It’s almost three years since Jamie Driscoll was elected as the first ever Mayor for the North of Tyne Combined Authority. They have welcomed the commitment set out in the Governments Levelling Up White Paper to shift power from Whitehall to local leaders, working with Mayoral Combined Authorities to deepen and strengthen funding and powers. This is said to be the largest devolution of power in modern history.

The Government has recognised the success of established devolution deals in West Midlands and Greater Manchester as well as acknowledging the achievements of the North of Tyne Combined Authority so far, with the White Paper announcing negotiations for an expanded Mayoral Combined Authority deal for the North East.

Nine areas will be invited to agree new county deals and further Mayor Combined Authority England, extending devolution across England, including Durham, Hull & East Yorkshire. What does this mean for the North? What can we learn from the North of Tyne’s success so far and other UK cities such as West Midlands, and Greater Manchester?

This event will explore the role devolution can play in transforming a city region. How are the UK’s first devolved regions having the desired impact on the lives of their people? How can we make sure we deliver more for places, businesses, and communities?

The North of England’s economy is larger than the economies of most EU countries and it has a significant inheritance of economic assets. Set against the backdrop of post-Brexit Britain, how can further devolution help the North thrive and support the entire country’s future prosperity?

This panel will discuss what’s next for devolution based on the commitment set out in the Levelling Up White Paper and assess the role the Northern Powerhouse can play over the next 12 months.

These proposals build on investments in the North of Tyne that are already delivering, including a pipeline of thousands of jobs, active skills and housing programmes; and investments in clean energy, offshore wind and economic innovation through their £600m devolved investment fund.

Is this really the devolution revolution?

Key speakers:

• Pam Smith | Chief Executive, Newcastle City Council

• Chrisi Page | Principal Investment Programme Manager · North of Tyne Combined Authority

• Henri Murison | Director, Northern Powerhouse Partnership

• Nick Walkley | Principal & President UK Strategic Advisory, Avison Young │UK

• Katherine Fairclough | Chief Executive, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

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