Hull City Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council have welcomed the news that the Government has today (November 22) announced a proposed devolution deal for Hull and East Yorkshire.
The deal was announced as part of Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s autumn statement, after several months of negotiations between the two councils and the Government.
The full proposed deal is now available to read here and will be considered at both local authorities’ full council meetings in December.
Subject to councillors’ approval, a statutory public consultation will follow in January.
The deal would see significant investment come into the area, helping to create more job opportunities and establishing a Hull and East Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority, led by a directly elected mayor, who could be elected in May 2025.
Key aspects of the proposed deal include:
• £400 million (£13.34 million a year) investment funding over 30 years, to drive growth and deliver local priorities.
• Up to £15 million in 2024/25 to support transport, flood and coastal erosion programmes across the area, including a coastal regeneration programme in the East Riding.
• £5 million in 2024/25 to support local economic growth priorities, including any further expansion of Siemens Gamesa at Alexandra Dock in Hull.
• £4.6 million for the building of new homes on brownfield land in 2024/25.
• UK Shared Prosperity Fund planning and delivery from 2025/26.
• New powers to shape local skills provision, including devolution of the core adult education budget.
• New powers to drive regeneration and build more affordable homes.
• New powers to improve and integrate the regional transport network, with a multi-million-pound integrated transport budget.
• A commitment to rail electrification between Hull and Sheffield, and Hull and Leeds, integrating East Yorkshire into the Northern Powerhouse Rail network.
Cllr Mike Ross, Hull City Council Leader, said: “I have always said that I would only want to proceed with a devolution deal for Hull and the East Riding if we felt it was going to be the best deal for the area.
“It is clear, after a lot of hard work putting the case forward for what this area needs, that we have managed to get the government to put forward a deal that will help meet the needs of the city and East Yorkshire.
“The region has been left behind when it comes to a whole range of government investment, which puts us at a real disadvantage to both the rest of Yorkshire and the country in general.
“By taking this important step, we will be helping boost jobs and growth, supporting our residents, local businesses and the city in general.
“I am also pleased that we managed to secure support for Siemens Gamesa’s world-leading offshore wind facility, as well as assurances that Hull will be part of the Northern Powerhouse Rail plans.
“There is a lot of work to do between now and when any devolution may take place, but I would urge everyone to look at what is being offered by the government and get behind the deal.
“This is a chance to help the area grow, something that Hull and East Yorkshire desperately needs and I am determined to help make happen.”
Cllr Anne Handley, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “After months of hard work, I am absolutely thrilled that we can finally say we have a proposed deal and our residents can see what East Yorkshire devolution would really mean to them.
“I have said all along that a Mayoral Combined Authority is absolutely the right way forward for our region, but that it must be the right deal.
“I am confident we now have the right deal to begin our devolution journey and I urge everyone to get involved in the consultation and get behind this deal.
“Over time, we will be able to negotiate new deals, as other devolved regions have, ensuring we have more funding and power to make important decisions at a local level and put East Yorkshire in control of its own destiny.”
Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, added: “This historic devolution agreement between Government and Hull and East Yorkshire marks a step change for Levelling Up in the region.
“I am delighted that Hull and East Yorkshire will now benefit from the same powers and devolved budgets that their neighbours are already benefitting from.
“By taking decisions out of Whitehall and putting them back in the hands of local communities, this deal will enable Hull and East Yorkshire to unleash its full economic potential and build upon its strengths in manufacturing and health technologies.”
The proposed deal will be considered at extraordinary full council meetings, expected to be held on December 21, where councillors will be asked whether to proceed to public consultation on the deal.
If agreed, a public consultation, giving residents, businesses and other organisations the opportunity to have their say on each part of the deal. Further details of the consultation will be released as soon as they are available.
Read the full proposed deal here.