“Hull risks being left out in the cold” – say Lib Dems

Hull’s opposition Lib Dem group has criticised the ruling Labour group on the city council for failing to get the city into any regional devolution deal, that could mean missing out millions of pounds of investment into the city.

Devolution Deals are being set up across the country, giving local councils more power to make decisions in their area about local services such as highways, transport, skills and planning.  So far, there has been no deal agreed involving Hull

Recently council Leader, Cllr Steve Brady, said he hadn’t spoken to his West Yorkshire counterparts in nearly a year on the matter.  With no deal agreed involving Hull and other neighbouring councils, there is a fear Hull could miss out on any sort of devolution boost.

Cllr Mike Ross, Liberal Democrat Group Leader said, “It is all very well for Cllr Brady to say he hasn’t spoken to the West Yorkshire Leaders for a year, but he needs to demonstrate what he has done to speak to them. We have been pushing for the council to get sorted on a deal for the area or there is a real danger of Hull getting left behind.

"Hull could lose out massively on future funding, all because Labour thought they were too big to deal with our neighbours properly and at the same time have failed to make any decent case to West Yorkshire.

"Sadly, whenever I speak to anyone in the Yorkshire region about it, too often the problem is a reluctance to work with Labour run Hull.”

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