The devolved powers of the UK’s metro mayors leave them well placed to lead a ‘just transition’ to a low carbon economy. In the North of Tyne Combined Authority region (Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland), we’re helping authorities create plans focused on the day-to-day needs of local people. This effort builds on outstanding work already underway in the region.
These plans could deliver cleaner air, stronger local economies, better public transport or more parks and green spaces – all while simultaneously lowering emissions.
Over two years we’re bringing together council officers, elected officials and a broad range of local stakeholders, using creative tools to unlock a new policy development methodology – one that helps decision makers take a holistic and systems-based co-benefits approach. Crucially, we’re supporting staff from different parts of the three authorities to connect climate action with broader community benefits.
The project is focused on three areas. In each area, we will support authorities to discover and share models of good practice.
Our creative approach includes working with award -winning playwright and environmentalist Sarah Wood and actors from the region. Drawing on extensive research, Sarah has created four characters whose lives are heavily affected by local authority decisions.
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