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The North East Combined Authority (NECA) has published the report of a series stakeholder events carried out in March to gauge support for its case for North East devolution.

NECA twelve proposals or ‘asks’ from central government for areas of increased local responsibility and decision making were generally welcomed by those who took part in eight events, held across the NECA area, or responded with written submissions.The detailed feedback is now being used to inform a full devolution prospectus that will be developed over the coming months.

The consultation identified additional priorities to be considered as part of a devolution package as well as highlighting consideration by NECA needed to ensure clarity about decision making and shared approaches to dialogue with government ministers.

Clear messages were given too about involving the voluntary sector and communities of interest or identity. Newcastle CVS will be seeking to ensure that Newcastle’s communities and voluntary sector has a voice in the coming devolution debates at a local regional and national level.