16 June 2024

Devolution drop-in events to be held across region

East Riding Council has announced a series of drop-in events where people can find out more about devolution proposals for the region and have their say in the public consultation.

Starting next week, there will be events at locations across the region, giving people the chance to ask questions about the proposal to create a Mayoral Combined Authority (MCA) for Hull and East Yorkshire.

A member of the council’s cabinet will be at each event, along with one of the council’s devolution experts.

Printed copies of the survey will be available, and help will be on hand for those who need it.

Councillor Anne Handley, leader of East Riding Council, said: “We have had a great response to the consultation so far, but want to make sure we reach as many people as possible, and that’s why we are heading out on the road.

“I plan to be at many of these events myself, so please come along and find out what devolution is all about.

“There is plenty of time left to have your say in the consultation, make your voice heard and help shape the future of this region.”

The drop-in events in our region are at the Hornsea Hub on January 24 from noon to 1.30pm; East Riding Leisure Withernsea from 9.30am-11am on February 19; and 11am to noon at Hedon Centre, also on February 19.

From now until February 27, people can find out more about the devolution proposals and take part in the consultation at eastriding.gov.uk/devolution.

Residents can also visit any East Riding library to get help completing the survey using a computer or completing the questionnaire on paper.

The Hull and East Yorkshire MCA would have powers to invest in areas such as transport, skills and housing, as well as an additional £400m of devolved funding over the next 30 years to invest in local priorities.

A combined authority for East Yorkshire does not mean the two councils would merge, only that they would collaborate on certain issues that affect everyone in the region.

The councils and the delivery of day-to-day responsibilities would remain separate, and local services would not be affected.