New senior appointment strengthens North East LEP and NECA relationship

A top appointment to lead the corporate and strategic management of the North East Combined Authority is strengthening its ties with the North East LEP. Helen Golightly, the LEP’s Chief Operating Officer, is the new interim Head of Paid Service at the North East Combined Authority (NECA). Helen is highly respected both at a regional […]

NECA, NE LEP and £120M Investment Pot

THE North East Combined Authority (NECA) today reaffirmed its intention to secure a valuable £120m pot of funding for the exclusive use of regional businesses. The authority is working in partnership with the North East LEP to secure the funds. Both organisations are working closely to an end of October deadline when funding agreements need […]

Hundreds respond to health commission call for evidence

Hundreds of people and organisations have taken part in a call for evidence and listening events about how health and wellbeing in the North East can be improved. They were part of the work of the Commission for Health and Social Care Integration in the North East and took place earlier this year. The commission […]

Leaders call on new Government to pledge commitment to devolution terms

North East leaders have confirmed that they will move forward in the devolution process subject to confirmation that the terms of the region’s deal will be supported by the new Government in full. Members of the North East Combined Authority Leadership Board have called on the newly-formed Government to pledge a firm commitment to the […]

NECA sets out bold ambitions for Metro and local rail services

The North East Combined Authority has agreed a strategy for investment in Metro and local rail to improve passenger journey and kick start an expansion of high quality local rail for the region. The Metro and Local Rail Strategy identifies a network of disused or under-used rail routes across North East England which could benefit […]

Regional leaders seek assurances over devolution agreement

Regional council leaders are seeking assurances from Government that the terms of the North East devolution deal will be honoured. At a meeting this morning, members of the North East Combined Authority (NECA) Leadership Board agreed to write to the Government to request confirmation that the terms of the deal, signed in October 2015, would […]

New chair appointed at combined authority

The new chair of the North East Combined Authority has described being appointed to the role as ‘an honour’. Cllr Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council, was appointed chair at the annual general meeting of the North East Combined Authority (NECA) yesterday. This followed the announcement by Cllr Simon Henig, leader of Durham County […]

New funding gives the go-ahead for smarter travel

A programme to cut congestion, improve health and boost the economy by promoting alternatives to car use has been given the green light for the North East. Go Smarter, which encourages people to explore and use sustainable modes of transport, has secured an extra £2.34million of funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) to continue […]