East Yorkshire councils urged to collaborate

Published: Monday 1st June 2015 by The News Editor

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East Yorkshire’s local authorities will have to work together more closely if they are to secure more powers, a new report claims.

The message came during Hull Commission’s investigation into Hull City Council’s future boundaries.

The two options are: either merging with an adjoining council or expanding its boundaries.

The city council-founded Commission says that nothing yet points towards merging with another authority. Its recommendations are likely to be published in September.

But it cautioned that the region will miss out when it comes to devolved powers and Government funding if councils do not work together.

Commission chair Tony Martin says East Yorkshire areas are lagging behind similar ones benefiting from the Government’s new “Northern Powerhouse” proposals.

England’s Boundary Commission would need to approve any border changes and also be supported by the two councils.

The Commission’s panel comprises 10 people across local private and public sector groups.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Monday 1st June 2015 by The News Editor

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