William Eichler 23 November 2023

Autumn Statement: Hull and East Yorkshire leaders welcome devolution deal

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Hull City Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council have welcomed the announcement of a proposed devolution deal for Hull and East Yorkshire.

The deal was announced as part of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, after several months of negotiations between the two councils and the Government.

The proposed deal includes £400m investment funding over 30 years, and up to £15m in 2024/25 to support transport, flood and coastal erosion programmes across the area.

It also includes new powers to shape local skills provision, drive regeneration, and improve local transport.

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.’

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.’

For more on the Autumn Statement check out the following:

Autumn Statement: Hunt devolves but councils face new costs

Autumn Statement: Planning system to prioritise EV charging

Autumn Statement: Hunt announces surprise LGPS plan

Autumn Statement: Unprotected departments face further cuts

Autumn Statement: Level 4 devolution unveiled

Autumn Statement: Business rates measures to be fully funded

Autumn Statement: Councils to be able to recover planning costs

Autumn Statement: Housing benefits unfrozen

Autumn Statement: Living Wage hike places council budgets under pressure

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