Cllrs Ross and Handley urged people to register their thoughts. Credit: HCC

VIDEO | HEY devolution consultation now open

Hull and East Riding’s councils have launched an eight-week consultation on plans to create a Hull and East Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority, led by a directly elected mayor.

The leaders of both councils are urging all residents, businesses and other organisations to read the proposal and give their feedback.

Cllr Mike Ross, leader of Hull City Council, said: “This is an exciting milestone in our devolution journey and we urge everyone in the region to get involved and have their say.

“Securing £400m of game-changing investment will help to transform our region and move forward our city, whilst also giving us more local power to drive that ourselves.

“Both councils are backing these proposals, but we are clear the residents in the area need to support them too.

“Now is the time for the public to let us know what they think.”

Cllr Anne Handley, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “It’s really important that people take part in this consultation and have their say.

“This devolution deal will bring in hundreds of millions of pounds to this region – much more than just £400m.

“Most importantly, it means we will no longer be left behind. Other regions all around us are reaping the benefits of devolution and we are missing out.

“This deal gets us out there on the national and international stage.

“But we need you, our residents, to get involved and come on this journey with us.

“So, today I am asking everyone across the region to take part in this consultation, back the deal, and help shape the future of Hull and East Yorkshire.”

From now until 27 February, people can read the devolution proposal and give their feedback on each part of the deal online.

Residents can also visit any Hull library or customer service centre, as well as any East Riding library, where they can get help completing the survey using a computer or completing the questionnaire on paper.

There will also be a series of drop-in events across the region.

The Hull and East Yorkshire MCA would have powers to invest in areas such as transport, skills and housing, as well as an additional £400m of devolved funding over the next 30 years to invest in local priorities.

A combined authority for East Yorkshire does not mean the two councils would merge, only that they would collaborate on certain issues that affect everyone in the region.

The councils and the delivery of day-to-day responsibilities would remain separate, and local services would not be affected.

What happens next: the proposed path to devolution

  • 2 January – 27 February 2024: public consultation period
  • March 2024: analysis and consideration of consultation results, with decisions taken on whether to progress the devolution deal.
  • April 2024: submission to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.
  • Autumn 2024: Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire councils consider and approve draft order.
  • Autumn 2024: Secretary of State lays the order to Parliament after consideration.
  • Winter 2024/25: order made for the creation of the HEY MCA. Combined authority established.
  • May 2025: mayoral election takes place.

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