City Region Deals

 

Background and Evidence

 

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City deals are agreements between the UK Government and cities (through their local authority) to give local areas across the UK specific powers and freedoms to help the region support economic growth, create jobs or invest in local projects. In Scotland, City Deals include the Scottish Government as partners and are referred to as "City region deals". The Scottish Government explains that they offer the potential for new collaborative regional partnerships, focused on long-term strategic approaches to improving regional economies in accordance with the Scottish Government's economic strategy.

The Local Government and Communities Committee held an inquiry into City Region Deals in 2017-18, the remit of which was  

To explore rationale, prioritisation and value for money in relation to city region deals, including the progress to date of city region deals in delivering job creation and economic growth, and the structure and governance of city region deals in Scotland.

Information about the oral and written evidence received during the inquiry, as well as the Committee’s report on City Region Deals and Scottish Government and UK Government responses are available on the City Region Deals 2017-18 page here.

The Committee continues to keep a watching brief on City Region Deals and has continued to hold evidence sessions and correspond with key partners since the conclusion of its inquiry. These have largely focussed on how well deals are bedding in, whether the various stakeholders involved are working well together, whether deals had achieved measurable economic growth, and whether there is genuine and effective engagement with local communities.

Oral evidence

Wednesday 27 February 2019

The Committee took evidence from:

  • Councillor Susan Aitken, Chair, Glasgow City Region Cabinet and Leader of Glasgow City Council;
  • Kevin Rush, Director of Regional Economic Growth, Glasgow City Region;
  • Joyce White, Chief Executive, West Dunbartonshire Council;
  • Graham Thom, Managing Director, and John Nolan, Associate Director, SQW.

Papers for meeting on 27 February 2019 (301KB pdf)
Official Report of meeting on 27 February 2019

Wednesday 13 March 2019

The Committee took evidence from:

  • Nikki Bridle, Chief Executive, Clackmannanshire Council;
  • Carol Beattie, Chief Executive, Stirling Council;
  • Councillor Shona Haslam, Leader, Scottish Borders Council, representing Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal;
  • Andy Nichol, Head of Programme Management Office, Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal;
  • Jim Valentine, Member, Management Group, Tay Cities Deal.

Papers for meeting on 13 March 2019 (304KB pdf)
Official Report of meeting on 13 March 2019

The following supplementary written evidence was received from organisations who gave evidence on 13 March 2019:

Correspondence from Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal to the Convener of 3 April 2019 (109KB pdf) 

Correspondence from Stirling Council to the Clerk of 17 April 2019 (5MB pdf)

Correspondence from Clackmannanshire Council to the Clerk of 24 April 2019 (22KB pdf) 

Correspondence

For previous related correspondence, please see City Region Deals 2017-18

 

The Convener wrote to the Secretary of State for Scotland on 20 December 2018 to invite the UK Government to give evidence at a future meeting:

Correspondence from the Convener to the Secretary of State for Scotland of 20 December 2018 (155KB pdf) 

The Secretary of State for Scotland replied to the Convener's letter on 17 January 2019:

Correspondence from the Secretary of State for Scotland to the Convener of 17 January 2019 (22KB pdf) 

The Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity wrote to the Convener on 13 March 2019 in relation to the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal:

Correspondence from the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity to the Convener of 13 March 2019 (47KB pdf) 

The Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity wrote to the Convener on 20 March 2019 in relation to the Ayrshire Growth Deal:

Correspondence from the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity to the Convener of 20 March 2019 (375KB pdf) 

The Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity wrote to the Convener on 1 July 2019 in relation to the Heads of Terms agreement for the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal:

Correspondence from the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity to the Convener of 1 July 2019 (75KB pdf) 

The Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands wrote to the Convener on 18 July 2019 in relation to the Moray Growth Deal:

Correspondence from the Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands to the Convener of 18 July 2019 (71KB pdf) 

The Convener wrote to the Secretary of State for Scotland on 12 September 2019 to invite the UK Government to give evidence at a future meeting:

Correspondence from the Convener to the Secretary of State for Scotland of 12 September 2019 (71KB pdf) 

The Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity wrote to the Convener on 3 October 2019 in relation to the Argyll & Bute Growth Deal:

Correspondence from the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity to the Convener of 3 October 2019 (79KB pdf) 

 
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