Councillor Stephen Brady
Councillor Stephen Brady, Leader of Hull City Council.

One Yorkshire leaders present devolution proposals to PM Boris Johnson

One Yorkshire leaders have written to new Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a bid to “urgently unlock” the benefits of devolution.

The proposals, signed by Yorkshire leaders including Councillor Stephen Brady, Leader of Hull City Council, are being published today ahead of Yorkshire Day on Thursday 1 August.

They would see a series of interim devolution deals agreed across Yorkshire, creating a pathway to a full One Yorkshire devolution deal in 2022.

Councillor Brady said: “Hull City Council supports the bid for Yorkshire devolution, as we have done from the outset. It is vitally important that decision-making on transport, economic development, strategic planning and other issues is made locally if the economies in Hull, Yorkshire and the north are to respond to our current challenges and maximise our region’s future potential.

“Hull will be stronger as part of a combined authority within Yorkshire and, crucially, the combined authority will be stronger because Hull is part of it.

“It is important to point out that Hull City Council remains absolutely committed to the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, which we helped to establish and which has delivered tremendous growth around the Humber.”

Negotiations will continue with the Government to have a One Yorkshire devolution agreement completed by 2022, the end of the current Sheffield City Region Mayor’s term.

An independent economic study has shown a One Yorkshire devolution deal could deliver economic benefits worth £30bn a year or £5,400 per person.