The Forward Plan

The North East Combined Authority is committed to open government and encouraging local people to have their say on the decisions that affect them, their families and community as a whole.

We recognise that it is important to provide as much information about these decisions as possible. One way we do this is by publishing a Forward Plan for all key and Cabinet decisions to assist with openness and transparency.

Key decisions

The Forward Plan for the North East Combined Authority (North East CA) is published in accordance with the requirements of the Combined Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny Committees, Access to Information and Audit Committees) Order 2017 and the North East CA Constitution and gives 28 clear days’ notice of the decisions that are planned to be taken by the North East CA, or by a Chief Officer under delegation.

Decisions are either key or non-key. A key decision is defined in the North East CA’s Constitution as a decision which is likely to:

  1. Result in the Authority or the Mayor incurring significant expenditure, or the making of significant savings, having regard to the Authority’s budget for the service or function to which the decision relates; or
  2. To be significant in terms of its effects on persons living or working in an area comprising two or more electoral wards or divisions in the Authority’s area.

A non-key decision is a decision that is legally within the power of the Cabinet to make and can be taken by a Cabinet Member, a sub-committee of Cabinet, or an Officer.

Current plan

Unless otherwise indicated, if you require any further information or wish to make representations about any of the matters contained in the Forward Plan please contact the officer as detailed against each entry, at least 7 days before the meeting.

The most recent entries are referred to as ‘New’. Updated entries are referred to as ‘Update’. Items withdrawn since the last publication are referred to as ‘Withdrawn’ and following that will be removed altogether.

Decision makerDecision is
expected to be
made on the
following date
(or within 60
days of the date)
Public or PrivateDetails of the decision to be takenDocuments/additional
documents for
Contact Officer
Cabinet11 June 2024PublicAppointments to the North East Combined Authority Cabinet and other bodies
To approve any proposed changes to appointments to Cabinet and Cabinet portfolios and appointments to committees and other bodies.
 John Softly
Monitoring Officer
Cabinet11 June 2024Public

North East Combined Authority Senior
Management Structure
To approve the proposed senior management structure and associated recruitment processes. 

Deferred for further consultation.

 Henry Kippin
Chief Executive
Cabinet11 June 2024PublicTrailblazer - Deeper Devolution Deal
To ratify the Deeper Devolution Deal, giving the NorthEast Combined Authority more control over transport, housing and skills, with over £100m of new funding for investing in the North East’s priorities.
 Henry Kippin
Chief Executive
Cabinet11 June 2024PublicNorth East Combined Authority – early priorities
To approve the next steps and agree early investments on the North East Devolution Deal.
 Henry Kippin
Chief Executive
Cabinet11 June 2024Public (with some
exempt from
Adult Education Budget
To approve grant funding agreements and the award of contracts for services for the delivery of the Adult Education Programme from 1 August 2024. 
 Leigh Mills
Head of Skills and Inclusion
Cabinet11 June 2024PublicNorth East Combined Authority Equality
To approve a set of interim objectives for the first 12 months, including a programme of engagement to develop a longer term set of objectives.
 Henry Kippin
Chief Executive
Cabinet11 June 2024PublicInitial Transport Programme, Partnerships and
To note the report and agree any recommendations.
 Tobyn Hughes
Director of Transport
Cabinet11 June 2024PublicNorth East Combined Authority Borrowing
To consent to the making of regulations by central government to give the North East CA statutory borrowing powers in respect of its non-transport related functions.
 Janice Gillespie
Director of Finance and
Cabinet11 June 2024PublicFormer NECA Statement of Accounts 2022-23
To approve the final 2022-23 Statement of Accounts and associated documents for the former NECA (pre 7 May 2024).
 Janice Gillespie
Director of Finance and

Privacy and exemptions

In relation to private meetings, the reason an item is expected to be considered “in private” will be identified in accordance with the following exempt information categories, which are set out in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended):

  • Information relating to an individual.
  • Information which is likely to reveal the identity of an individual.
  • Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including to the authority holding that information).
  • Information relating to any consultations or negotiations, or contemplated consultations or negotiations, in connection with any labour relations matter arising between the authority or a Minister of the Crown
    and employees of, or office holders under the authority.
  • Information in respect of which a claim to legal and professional privilege could be maintained in legal proceedings.
  • Information which reveals that the authority proposes (a) to give under any enactment a notice under or by virtue of which requirements are imposed on a person; or (b) to make an order or direction under
    any enactment.
  • Information relating to any action taken or to be taken in connection with the prevention, investigation or prosecution of crime.
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