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The Humber LEP has today announced that it will be developing a new model to secure long-term economic collaboration across the Humber Estuary after changes to LEP boundaries come into effect.

North Lincolnshire Council and North East Lincolnshire Council have confirmed that in future they will only be full members of the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, in line with their decision to pursue devolution on a Greater Lincolnshire footprint, but that collaboration across the Humber will continue.

The changes to LEP boundaries will only come into effect alongside devolution, which may take two or three years to implement, with Government and local partners keen to ensure there is no loss of momentum on the vital clean growth and port-related manufacturing agendas that the Humber LEP has championed. During this time, the LEP will be working with partners to develop a new model for continuing this work alongside the new combined authorities for Hull & East Riding and Greater Lincolnshire.

Chair of the Humber LEP, Stephen Parnaby OBE, said: “LEP arrangements around the Humber will change in the coming years as local authorities progress with their devolution discussions.

Unfortunately it was not possible to gain political consensus for the Humber combined authority that business and Government believed would be best, so LEP geography in future will need to reflect that.

“The Humber is still the economic area that business recognises, and the two banks will still work together on opportunities like energy, decarbonisation and securing a freeport. The last few years have shown how successful that can be, so we will be developing a new model to ensure that the region continues to develop and grow.

“For now, it is business as usual. Ministers have been clear that nothing will change until the new devolved arrangements are ready, and that may take several years. Our Board met this morning to discuss the next phase of our response to the economic crisis, and we remain committed to providing our full support to businesses and communities across the Humber.”

Please download a copy of our Q&A for more information here: Humber LEP Future Direction Q&A