About devolution

4.The Mayoral Combined Authority (MCA)

About the Mayoral Combined Authority (MCA)

Under the devolution deal, Hull and East Riding will agree to forming a Mayoral Combined Authority (MCA), led by a mayor, who would be directly elected by local people every four years. The proposed deal requires the forming of an MCA.

The two councils would not merge, but would remain as separate authorities. They would continue to provide the same services, at the same level, as they do now.

An MCA can access funds and has certain powers that the individual councils currently don’t have.

How it works

The mayor would chair the combined authority cabinet, alongside two members from both Hull and East Riding local authorities. The combined authority would allow councils to work together and make decisions on issues that affect the whole region, such as transport, infrastructure, and economic development.

The mayor would work with both councils to promote the area and ensure devolution deals deliver for the communities that they serve. The elected mayor cannot be a serving councillor and will not replace the leaders of the existing councils. Under the current proposal, there would be a mayoral election every four years.

The location of the mayor's office is unknown at the moment, but they may split their time between Hull and the East Riding.

The length of the mayoral term is four years.

Read the commonly asked questions for more detailed information.


Devolution could bring about important change in Hull and East Yorkshire. Thank you for having your say during the public consultation, which took place between 2 January 2024 and 27 February 2024. Your views have helped inform the decision to progress to the next stage of the deal.

You can read the independent analysis of the consultation results on the HEY devolution website.

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