Influencing national policy development

To be successful in realising our ambitions, we need national policy decisions to recognise and support North East local government's role in enabling growth, promoting our strengths, addressing those historic factors that have held back our economy and seeking to break cycles of poverty and poor health.

There are significant challenges facing the nation's economy, and indeed right across Europe, which are impacting on the North East and its local government sector.

The North East is a productive and capable place and can be trusted to deliver in a changing world. It is clear that in the future, the economy will look different. We are in a good place, as we are no longer reliant on one particular industry or economic future.

In what is broadly regarded as being a difficult time for our economy, there is the inevitable risk of accentuating the negative impacts of austerity measures and focusing too much on the effects of reduced resources.

There are, without doubt, challenges for us in re-balancing the economy in the North East towards an economy that has a stronger and thriving private sector base. So at every level, we are strengthening our collaboration with the private sector to identify opportunities and find solutions that will lead to economic growth.

ANEC as a cross party voice for local government in the North East is drawing attention to such impacts as part of an ongoing and constructive dialogue with the Government in the interests of ensuring that ALL areas of the country have the opportunity to prosper and contribute to national economic growth.

We are also keeping in mind the opportunities as well as the challenges. Our messages about the North East as a place to invest in and live in reflect the many strengths and assets that differentiate us - and that make us special as a place.

If we are to be successful in realising our ambitions, we need national policy decisions to recognise and support North East local government's role in enabling growth, breaking cycles of poverty and poor health and in addressing those historic factors that have held back our economy.