Combined Authority factsheet

Tees Valley

This combined authority includes

In May 2017 the Tees Valley elected its first metro mayor – Conservative Ben Houchen. He has control over the whole Tees Valley combined authority area. and works with existing city leaders to take forward a strategic plan. You can find out more about the metro mayors on our FAQ page.

The economic and political outlook for the Tees Valley metro mayor

This page brings together the key facts and figures about the city-region’s economy.

The economic data for Tees Valley

Tees Valley consists of the following local authorities: Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, and Stockton-on-Tees.

Understanding how the city-region performs on key areas such as productivity and employment helps the new metro mayor to assess what he should prioritise. The table below shows how Tees Valley compares to the national average on these indicators.

You can also find data on the areas that the metro mayor has more direct power over on the Tees Valley Metro Mayor Data Dashboard

Key economic indicators for the Tees Valley

Source: All data publicly available. Contact Centre for Cities for full source details.

What powers does the Tees Valley metro mayor have?

Below is a summary of the powers the new Tees Valley metro mayor has. Tees Valley have fewer controls than the deals seen in Greater Manchester and the West of England.


What are the policy priorities for the Tees Valley metro mayor?

We outlined a set of policy priorities that the Tees Valley mayor should set out in his first term before his election, you can find them in full here or listed below.

Policy priority 1: A quick win

Urgently respond to the SSI closure by setting out a plan to help people retrain and access other jobs.

  • Prioritise retraining those who lost their jobs
  • Work with Whitehall to gain the best results from investment in retraining
  • Learn from what has worked in other places

Read more about this priority

Policy priority 2: A strategic aim

Help long-term unemployed people across the city region get into work

  • Learn from how other places have reintegrated the long-term unemployed
  • Capitalise on the opportunities presented by Government pilots

Read more about this priority

Policy priority 3: A longer term vision

Make the most of Middlesbrough city centre to attract more high-skilled, high-waged firms and jobs in a range of industries

  • Concentrate investments in Middlesbrough city centre rather than out-of-town sites
  • Support the conditions for growth including the built environment

Read more about this priority

What is the political landscape in Tees Valley?

The Conservative Ben Houchen won the 2017 Tees Valley metro mayor vote with 51% of votes to Labour’s 49%. The turnout was 21%.

Find out more about metro mayors

Get up to date on the policies and powers affecting the metro mayors by reading our metro mayors FAQ.

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