Councils like Newcastle must go to public referendum if they rise council tax to a full 2%, Communities and Local Government minister has said
Smith Commission proposal to devolve Air Passenger Duty to Holyrood is described as 'a slap in the face for North East business'
Newcastle leader Nick Forbes says the public is losing faith in mainstream politics as council prepares to unveil £90 million funding cuts
Core Cities leaders met with William Hague but warnings are sounded the Government must see the regional picture
Civil Engineering Contractors’ Association says HS2 could drain the region of skilled workers unless major A1 work gets going now
Nick Forbes was responding after leader of the opposition Anita Lower referred to him having a three-quarters of a billion pound budget for public services
Claims made today that cities are being handpicked by Government ministers
Greater Manchester is being offered a devolution deal on the basis it will have a directly elected mayor, but who might want the job in this region?
Labour leader Ed Miliband is pledging new laws to bring home rule to English regions - and encouraging them to create elected mayors
Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson called for connection to Newcastle and a bigger commitment from Labour and Government on high speed rail
The boss of Go North East responds to Newcastle Council leader Nick Forbes after the vote to proceed with radical plans for the buses
Newcastle Council leader Nick Forbes outlines plans for big changes on the bus network, and says passengers will benefit
Members of the NE Combined Authority voted unanimously for a Quality Contract Scheme for Tyne and Wear
Newcastle Council leader Nick Forbes and playwright Lee Hall have traded heavy verbal blows in the row over arts funding in the city. But who is right?
Lee Hall calls the council's £600,000 a year culture investment fund a 'white wash' as council reveals no North East celebrities have offered support
Nick Forbes, the leader of Newcastle City Council, says better transport links are key to unlocking economic potential of the North East
English Parliament move is gerrymandering for Tory-led South and ignoring calls for devolution of powers to the North East
Businesses ready to quit Scotland after independence referendum could come to Newcastle, says city council leader
Newcastle and Sunderland City Councils have received £472,000 after putting together a successful bid to The Clean Vehicle Technology Fund on behalf of the North East Combined Authority
New figures show that councils in the region are paying more than £36m a year to help people with smoking-related illness to live in their own homes