Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Tees Valley Combined Authority


The Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) is a statutory body for Tees Valley. The five local authorities, Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton unite under the Combined Authority to make decisions on key strategies relating to economic development, transport, infrastructure and skills. It creates a single voice for the area on these key matters, providing greater power and resources for the Tees Valley area.

The Combined Authority is not a ‘super-council’ or another version of Cleveland County Council – the five Tees Valley Councils will continue to exist in their own right delivering local services but unite as a formal Tees Valley Combined Authority to focus on economic development, transport, infrastructure and skills.

Since its inception in 2011, Tees Valley Unlimited, which was one of the first Local Enterprise Partnerships in the country to gain Government approval, has forged a reputation for delivering on jobs and growth.

The new statutory body will build on the firm economic foundations that have been established by TVU, which now is an integral part of the Combined Authority.

The Combined Authority will also mean that Tees Valley is ideally placed to negotiate with government to secure the transfer of additional powers and resources to the region from Whitehall.

The Combined Authority is a statutory body giving Government the certainty of structure and accountability that is necessary to devolve more significant amounts of money and levels of decision making.

The five councils continue to operate in their own right, delivering local services to their areas, but are united as a formal Tees Valley Combined Authority on matters of economic development, transport, infrastructure and skills.

The new Combined Authority builds on the areas existing strengths, and helps to strengthen the local economy, bringing with it new business investment, the creation of more jobs and improved transport and local skills.

Visit the Tees Valley Combined Authority website for more information.



The Tees Valley Leaders and Mayor have welcomed a devolution deal put on the table by the Government, which would see millions of pounds of additional funding head to the region.

On this page you can find out more about what devolution means for you.

Tees Valley Devolution Deal

Questions and Answers

What does devolution mean for the Tees Valley 

News release announcing the devolution deal (23 October 2015)


Live, Work, Play in Tees Valley

Prominent business leaders have united to back a campaign aimed at promoting Tees Valley as a great place to do business.

The Live, Work, Play in Tees Valley campaign highlights all that Tees Valley has to offer to companies already based here as well as those considering starting up, expanding or relocating to the area.

You can find out more at the Live, Work, Play website, but what we’d really like you to do is show your support by sharing the campaign’s messages and branding – to find out how, download the Live, Work, Play toolkit.

Read all about the amazing benefits of living, working and playing in the Tees Valley.