Association of North East Councils


The Association of North East Councils

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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.



ANEC responds to concerns on alcohol and smoking

An open letter calling for further action on alcohol policy ahead of the 2015 General Election has been issued by ANEC. This forms part of our recent advocacy work for a healthier North East, which has also included two consultation responses on tobacco control.(5 September 2014)

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credit unions

Credit unions – ANEC provides evidence of support

Ways in which ANEC and North East councils have supported credit unions have been highlighted in an ANEC response to Government, following its 'call for evidence' on what more can be done to help them thrive and grow. (28 August 2014)

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Care Act

Care Act changes considered in ANEC response

The Association has responded to draft guidance and regulations which set out how major changes to the way that care and support is provided will work. (20 August 2014)

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future of local government

The Future of Local Government

A report looking at the future of local government has been published by the Association of North East Councils. The three key areas of focus are financial issues, the transforming public services agenda and constitutional matters. (14 August 2014)

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A vision for North East culture

Work has started on a 15 year vision for culture which will highlight the economic benefit of cultural developments and engagement, including the growth potential within the North East's creative industry sector. (17 July 2014)

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into work

New Report on Supporting Young People into Employment

A new report highlighting opportunities to address youth unemployment, promote job opportunities and support young people into work has been published by the Association of North East Council (11 July).

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food poverty

ANEC's evidence to All Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger and Food Poverty

Highlighting the impact of the welfare reforms in the North East continue to be a priority for the Association so it was important to submit evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger and Food Poverty ahead of its next regional session in South Shields on Friday 4 July. (3 July 2014)

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Aspirations for new East Coast Rail Franchise

North East councils have highlighted the importance of the East Coast Main Line to the future economic prosperity of the North East with each of the shortlisted bidders for the new franchise. (19 June 2014)

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Child Poverty

North East Councils highlight actions to tackle child poverty

Tackling child poverty is critically important for current and future generations and is a priority for councils across the North East. ANEC has submitted a strong response to the Government consultation on actions it will take over the next three years to tackle child poverty. (9 June 2014)

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