Cllr to play down need for joint body

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Published: Wednesday 19th November 2014 by The News Editor

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The head of East Riding Council is to say the debate over whether local authorities around the Humber should be combined into a single body must wait until after the general election.

Stephen Parnaby is expected to play down the need for a cross-Humber group overseeing issues such as economic development and transport at a full council meeting today.

Hull City Council has been lobbying for such a body and has commissioned an independent investigation to look at the idea as part of a wider examination of how local government is structured.

But Mr Parnaby will tell his colleagues that the authority and its neighbouring councils face no pressure to form a combined group before the 2015 vote, adding there is no danger of losing out on funding or grants.

Other northern cities – Leeds, Sheffield, Newcastle, Manchester and Liverpool – have formed combined bodies, and Hull leaders claim their city risks falling behind as ministers in London examine devolution of more powers.

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Published: Wednesday 19th November 2014 by The News Editor

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