Hull and East Riding proposed devolution consultation

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.

Our devolution proposal was approved for public consultation by both local authorities' full council meetings on 21 December 2023. Now we want to hear from you.

To get this level of powers, money, and a say in how we spend it, the councils have produced a draft proposal that sets out to Government how devolution could work in Hull and East Yorkshire, and we want to consult you about it before we go any further.

Have your say - complete the survey

Further reading

It's important that you are fully informed before you complete the survey.

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

How to take part in the consultation

Please read the following instructions carefully before completing the survey:

Step 1 - Learn about devolution

Both councils want to make sure that residents and businesses across the region are fully informed and able to take part in the consultation.

You should carefully read the following information before taking part in the survey:

Visit Hull City Council's devolution website

Visit East Riding of Yorkshire Council's devolution website

Step 2 - Read about our deal

There are two important documents to consider when completing the consultation survey:

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 draft '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.

Using your feedback through the consultation, both councils can decide whether to submit the Proposal as it is, amend it or not progress with it any further.

Read our devolution proposal

Step 3 - Online survey instructions

Please read the following instructions carefully:

  • The survey will take approximately 10 to 20 minutes to complete, depending on how much you want to say.

  • You will be asked how much you agree or disagree with the proposals relating to devolution, and what they will mean for Hull and the East Riding.

  • There is also space for you to leave your comments at the end of each section.

  • You will be able to save your progress if you don't want to complete it in one go. This will require providing an email address and password, but your survey response will remain anonymous.

  • Once you have reached the end of the consultation questions, remember to hit ‘Finish Survey’. This is an essential step to prevent duplication of responses, and we cannot guarantee that your response will be counted if you do not click this button.

Please note: The consultation period runs from 2 January 2024 to 27 February 2024. Everyone over the age of 16 years old can take part.

Additional help

If you would like to take part in the consultation but don't feel comfortable completing it on your own, we recommend discussing this with a family member, advocate or someone you trust who may be able to help you. You can also visit your nearest library to ask for help.

Please note: If you are unable to complete the survey online, or need help completing it take a look at other ways you can have your say.

Step 4 - Complete the survey

The survey will take approximately 10 to 20 minutes to complete, depending on how much you want to say.

Complete the devolution survey (opens in new window)

Please note: We recommend completing the survey on a tablet, laptop or desktop computer, rather than a smartphone. It will be easier to read the supporting information and fill in the text boxes.

Other ways to take part and events

If you are unable to complete the online survey, there are other ways for you to have your say:

Hull

Council libraries

Your local Hull Library can help you complete the online survey using their computers. They can also help you complete a paper copy of the survey.

Find your nearest Hull library

Face to face events

Several face to face events are planned throughout the consultation period. This is an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about devolution.

View devolution events

Alternative formats

We want everyone to be able to take part in the consultation, and can provide copies of the consultation documents in a different formats:

Read more about alternative formats

Ask a question

Have a question about devolution that isn't answered on either the Hull devolution website or the East Riding devolution website?

Send us your question using the form below:

Ask a question about devolution

East Riding

Council libraries

Your local East Riding library can help you complete the online survey using their computers.

They can also help you complete a paper copy of the survey.

Find your nearest East Riding library

Customer service centres

You can also request a paper copy of the survey to take away from your local East Riding customer service centre. These must be returned before 27th February 2024 to any East Riding customer service centre or library.

Find your nearest East Riding customer service centre

Face to face events

Several face to face events are planned throughout the consultation period. This is an opportunity to meet a member of the East Riding Council cabinet and consultation team, ask questions and learn more about devolution.

View devolution events

Alternative formats

We want everyone to be able to take part in the consultation, and can provide copies of the consultation documents in a different formats:

Read more about alternative formats

Ask a question

Have a question about devolution that isn't answered on either the Hull devolution website or the East Riding devolution website?

Send us your question using the form below:

Ask a question about devolution

Face to face events

Several face to face events are planned throughout the consultation period.

Date Time Location
Thursday 22 February 4pm to 8:30pm Hull Ice Arena, Kingston Street, HU1 2DZ
Thursday 22 February 9:30am to 11:30am Cottingham Centre

Why your views matter

Devolution could bring about significant change in Hull and East Yorkshire. It is important that you have your say - your views are a vital part of the process.

How we will make sure everyone’s voice is heard

Your feedback is essential in helping the councils decide whether to submit the devolution proposal to Government in its current form, an amended form or at all.

The comments you provide through the consultation help us to have a better understanding of the aspects of the deal that you agree or disagree with and why. Your views can influence and shape any change or adjustment made to the proposal before it is submitted, if it is submitted.

It is important that the consultation includes a wide range of responses from across the area, representing people from various backgrounds, groups and organisations, including businesses and key stakeholders.

Both councils have carried out equality impact assessments, and want to reach every demographic in the region to encourage them to take part in the consultation.

Special focus groups are planned to make sure voices that are not always heard are included.

Independent advice has been sought from a Quality Assurance agency to make sure that the consultation is of high quality and carried out fairly.

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

When will the consultation take place?

The consultation will take place over an 8-week period, from 2 January 2024 until 27 February 2024.

Please note: any consultation responses received after 27 February 2024 may not be taken into account.

What happens after the consultation?

The consultation results will influence the next actions taken in respect of progressing the devolution proposal, or seeking amendments to the deal or halting progression.

After the consultation closes, both councils will be provided with an independent analysis report of the consultation responses. This report will be published here, on this website, in March/April 2024.

The leaders of both councils will consider the results of the consultation contained within the report to determine the level of public support for each aspect of the proposals. This will consider:

  • 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, so all voices around Hull and East Yorkshire are heard.

  • Resident and stakeholder letters are provided during the consultation.

  • Feedback from focus groups and outreach events.

It is expected that the public will provide significant feedback through the online survey and outreach activities. Where feedback has been provided, both councils will draw together a consultation response report, identifying the feedback and what actions are being taken to respond to that feedback.

Three overarching outcomes are possible:

  1. The public broadly support the proposal as it stands with minimal actionable feedback.

Result: Both councils submit the proposal as it stands to Government.

  1. The public broadly support the proposal with specific areas of actionable feedback or issues for further consideration.

Result: Amendments are made to the Proposal prior to submission, responding to consultation feedback. If necessary, re-entering negotiations with Government may be possible at this stage.

  1. The public reject the proposal as it stands with minimal actionable feedback.

Result: No submission is made to Government. The devolution process halts.

Summary of events

March 2024

At the end of the consultation period, an independent consultancy will analyse the responses, create a summary, and present it to Hull and East Riding councils.

March/April 2024

The results of the consultation will be publicly available here, on this website, following closure of the consultation and independent analysis.

If both councils opt to move forward with devolution, they will submit the final Proposal to the Secretary of State, who will then review the Proposal over the following months.

Summer/Autumn 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.

Timeline

If the proposed deal goes ahead, 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

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

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

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

* Assumed dates, should the decision be made to progress with the deal