Hull and East Riding devolution proposal

Hull and East Riding councils have agreed a devolution deal worth over £400 million with the Government which, if progressed, means money and power can move from Government to decision-makers in our area.

A period of statutory public consultation took place between 2 January 2024 and 27 February 2024. The responses have been independently analysed. Your feedback has helped inform the decision to progress the deal to the next stage.

To get this level of powers, money, and a say in how we spend it, the two councils have produced a proposal that sets out to Government how devolution could work in Hull and East Yorkshire.

Learn about our deal

Consultation analysis

Thank you for having your say - your views have helped us decide whether to proceed with the deal. The consultation results have now been independently analysed and available to read, both in summary and in full.

View a summary of the consultation report

An executive summary of the response analysis has been prepared to give an overview of the feedback received from the devolution consultation:

Read a summary of the consultation analysis

Read the consultation analysis in full

The independent analysis of consultation responses is also available to read in full in PDF format:

HEY devolution consultation report (pdf 1.8mb)

This can be read alongside an equalities analysis of the consultation process:

Devolution consultation equalities analysis (pdf 957kb)

What happens next?

The consultation results have influenced the next actions taken in respect of progressing the devolution proposal. Over 5,800 people shared their views, giving broad support for devolution to Hull and East Yorkshire.

Read about the consultation analysis report

The leaders of both councils have reviewed the results of the consultation contained within the report to determine the level of public support for each aspect of the proposals. They have considered:

  • Responses from the public, businesses and stakeholders, partnership organisations, and the voluntary and community sector.

  • The data collected through monitoring questions to allow consideration of geographic and demographic distribution, to make sure that all voices around Hull and East Yorkshire are heard.

  • Resident and stakeholder letters provided during the consultation.

  • Feedback from focus groups and outreach events.

Following detailed consideration of the above, on 27 March 2024 Hull and East Riding Unitary Leaders Board approved the submission of Hull and East Yorkshire's Devolution Proposal to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Summary of events

March/April 2024

Both councils opt to move forward with devolution. They will now submit the final Proposal to the Secretary of State, who will then review the Proposal over the following months.

Summer 2024

If the Secretary of State is happy with the Proposal to set up a Hull and East Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority, they will prepare the necessary legal documents to bring this to Parliament. Before it is laid before Parliament, both councils will be asked to take a final decision on whether or not to proceed - this will take place during May and June 2024.

Timeline

If the devolution process continues as expected, the likely timeline of events is as follows:

22 November 2023

Hull and East Yorkshire Deal announced in Government’s Autumn Statement

27 November 2023

The government signed this provisional deal.

21 December 2023

Both councils decide to enter into consultation with the public on the proposal

02 January – 27 February 2024

Public consultation period (8 weeks)

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

May – June 2024*

Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire Councils consider and approve draft order

Summer 2024*

Secretary of State lays the order to Parliament after consideration

Autumn 2024*

Order made for the creation of the HEY MCA. Combined authority established

May 2025 

Mayoral election takes place

22 November 2023

Hull and East Yorkshire Deal announced in Government’s Autumn Statement

27 November 2023

The government signed this provisional deal.

21 December 2023

Both councils decide to enter into consultation with the public on the proposal

02 January – 27 February 2024

Public consultation period (8 weeks)

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

May – June 2024*

Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire Councils consider and approve draft order

Summer 2024*

Secretary of State lays the order to Parliament after consideration

Autumn 2024*

Order made for the creation of the HEY MCA. Combined authority established

May 2025 

Mayoral election takes place

* Assumed dates, should the devolution process progress as expected.

Further reading

Both councils want to make sure that residents and businesses across Hull and East Riding are fully informed about devolution.

Visit the following websites to learn more about devolution and how a deal would affect our region:

Hull City Council - devolution website

East Riding of Yorkshire Council - devolution website

Find out more about devolution

The following information will help you to get a better understanding of what devolution is all about and learn what it would mean for Hull and East Riding:

Learn about devolution

It is important that you are fully informed about devolution. Both Hull and East Riding councils have produced information to help you learn more:

Visit Hull City Council's devolution website

Visit East Riding of Yorkshire Council's devolution website

Read about our deal

There are two important documents to consider which will help you to understand the devolution deal and what it means for Hull and East Riding:

Our devolution deal

The Government signed a provisional devolution deal with Hull and East Yorkshire Councils on 27 November 2023. This document commits the government to providing new investment and powers to Hull and East Yorkshire if the devolution plans are approved.

Read our devolution deal

Hull and East Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority Proposal

In addition, Hull City Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council have produced a 'Proposal’ document, setting out the goals of establishing a Mayoral Combined Authority, which is a requirement for the deal that is proposed.

The Proposal is a key part of the process required by law to make changes to current local governance arrangements.

Following the public consultation which showed broad support for the proposals, on 27 March 2024, both councils agreed to submit the Proposal to the Secretary of State.

Read our devolution proposal

About the consultation

Devolution could bring about significant change in Hull and East Yorkshire and your views have been a vital part of the process.

An 8-week period of statutory consultation ran from 2 January 2024 until 27 February 2024.

How we made sure everyone’s voice was heard

Your feedback has been essential in helping the two councils decide to submit the devolution proposal to Government.

How your opinions made a difference

The comments you provided through the consultation have helped us to have a better understanding of the aspects of the deal that you agree or disagree with and why. Your views have influenced and shaped the decision to submit the proposal in its present form.

Making sure the consultation process is fair and inclusive

Both councils have worked hard to make sure that the consultation included a wide range of responses from across the area, representing people from various backgrounds, groups and organisations, including businesses and key stakeholders.

Several face-to-face events took place during the consultation period to allow residents and businesses to have their questions answered, and residents were able to ask for assistance at local libraries or request information in alternate formats if they were unable to complete the consultation survey online.

Read more about alternative formats

Both councils carried out equality impact assessments and sought independent advice from a Quality Assurance agency to make sure that the consultation was of high quality and carried out fairly.

The consultation aimed to be transparent, inclusive and meaningful, to make sure residents' opinions are taken into account and everyone had the chance to have their say.

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