A £100m investment to help create 10,000 new jobs is set to be agreed by the North-East’s new authority.

Members of the North of Tyne Combined Authority, covering Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle, are set to agree the package for a five-year period at its cabinet meeting next Wednesday.

The proposals are part of the authority’s plan to create 10,000 jobs over the next 30 years.

The authority is also preparing to take control of a £22m-a-year fund directly for job skills through the devolved Adult Education Budget. Additionally, it is being recommended to become just the third authority nationally to accept an education challenge to boost standards through a Joint School Improvement Strategy.

The first mayor of the new authority will be decided by an election on May 2.