Councillor Mike Ross, leader of Hull City Council, inset on a picture of the Guildhall
Councillor Mike Ross, leader of Hull City Council.

Cabinet agrees to progress with Devolution public consultation

Hull and East Riding Devolution (HEY Devolution) will be heard at an extraordinary Full Council meeting this week following Hull City Council’s Cabinet choosing to progress to a full public consultation on the proposed deal.

The detailed report setting out the case for the devolution of powers and funding from the government and Hull and East Yorkshire will now be put to Full Council for its views on Thursday, 21 December.

Over several months, Hull and East Riding councils have negotiated a deal that, if it goes ahead, will deliver £400m of new funding over 30 years to invest in local priorities.

The deal also proposes the creation of the Hull and East Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (HEYMCA), which covers the area of the two local authorities.

Cllr Mike Ross, leader of Hull City Council, said: “Hull has seen various proposals for devolution over nearly a decade.

“This is the furthest the city has ever got to achieving what is vital for the economic future of the city.

“I thank all those who have been involved in getting the city to this point. The proposal on the table is a good deal for the city.

“I have always been clear that I would not want to progress with a deal if I did not think it was in the interests of Hull and East Yorkshire more generally. Through a hard negotiation process, that good deal has been achieved.

“This is not just in terms of what is on offer now but what the possibilities it opens up in the future.

“Ultimately, though, it is for the people of Hull and the wider community to have their say.

“The deal will only be progressed if it gets their backing – but I hope the public do see the potential in what is on offer now.”

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Cabinet also approved the proposal on Tuesday 12 December and the authority will also debate the deal at an extraordinary Full Council meeting on Thursday 21 December.

Should approval be granted by both councils, an eight-week public consultation will begin across Hull and the East Riding on Tuesday 2 January. 

Buses from EY Buses and Stagecoach at Hull Paragon Interchange
Fly-tipped waste in Newland Avenue, Hull.