It was revealed at the North East Combined Authority’s (NECA) AGM last week that the detail of the redrafted North East devolution deal will be made public on 4 July. The draft will include the governance arrangements and set out Gateshead Council’s relationship to the deal after it voted against proposals in March. If the scheme is approved by NECA on July 4 it will then undergo an eight-week public consultation commencing on July 8. Following public approval an order to establish the NECA will be laid before Parliament in the autumn with a view to the order being made by the end of 2016 or early 2017. The AGM also saw the end of Councillor Simon Henig’s tenure as Chair of NECA – he was replaced by Councillor Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council.