Association of North East Councils


The Association of North East Councils

Welcome to our website.

The Association of North East Councils brings together the twelve local authorities in the North East of England. Working together we advocate for the North East's councils and are a strong voice for the local government sector. We seek to influence the outcome of national policy decisions in the interests of people in this area of the country.

We are a membership organisation working collaboratively to secure a prosperous future for all and to tackle the challenges we face in our economy including impacts on individuals and families. We are committed to bringing leadership and vision in driving economic recovery, creating the right conditions for businesses to invest and grow, and supporting people and communities.

Improving lives and making a positive difference to citizens and communities is at the heart of our work. We highlight opportunities for improvement and promote the many strengths and assets of the North East of England as a place to live, visit, invest and do business in.

You can keep up to date here with our policy agenda, advocacy activities, news, events and latest developments.


Financial pressures

New independent report highlights financial challenges facing NE councils and communities

A new report highlighting the financial pressures and increased demands for services that councils in the North East are facing has been published by ANEC. (11 March 2014)

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Culture Partnership submission

North East Culture Partnership Submission to DCMS Committee inquiry into Arts Council England

The North East Culture Partnership has responded to the Department for Culture Media and Sport's Select Committee Inquiry into the work of the Arts Council (England). (21 February 2014)

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DCMS Consultation

ANEC responds to DCMS consultation on a new model for English Heritage

The Association has responded to the Department for Culture Media and Sport's consultation paper on a future model for English Heritage. (11 February 2014)

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Credit Union Seminar

Councils pledge to support credit unions and help share good practice

Following on from its work on financial inclusion and family poverty, the Association of North East Councils has been looking at the role credit unions can play as an alternative, trusted source of financial services and credit. (28 January 2014)

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Rail improvements

North East Councils make case for rail improvements

In a submission to the consultation on High Speed Rail, ANEC has made the case for a whole network approach to the development of HS2 so that the benefits can be felt evenly across the country. We have clearly stated that for the North East improvements to conventional rail, principally the East Coast Main Line, have an equally crucial role to play in the North East's economic growth (27 January 2014)

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Local Government Finance Settlement

Fairness and an equitable settlement at the centre of ANEC's response to funding proposals

ANEC member authorities have responded to the Government's consultation on the Local Government Finance Settlement for 2014/15 by highlighting key issues relating to the principle of fairness and the need for funding to be targeted at the needs of people and communities. (15 January 2014)

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Can the North East and Cumbria benefit from greater Scottish autonomy?

ANEC and Cumbria County Council has launched a report, written by academics from Northumbria and Durham universities, to look at the implications of greater Scottish autonomy.

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