Earlier this week I questioned the Scottish Government’s Business Minister on support for an Edinburgh Region City Deal.
City Deals are agreements between government and city regions, giving those areas the ability to take charge and responsibility of decisions that affect their area
Last year, a City Deal was announced for the Glasgow and Clyde Valley region. The deal will bring over £1.1bn of investment that will support key infrastructure projects, generating thousands of jobs and helping drive economic growth. It’s estimated that 15,000 will be created during the construction phase, with 28,000 permanent jobs created in the long term.
Edinburgh has been working with surrounding local authorities to develop its own vision of how to make the best use of the region’s assets while addressing specific challenges like housing. Reports from the Council’s Economy committee are available here and here.
I welcome the feedback from the Minister that talks between the Scottish Government and the local authorities involved have been constructive and positive and note his comment that the proposals could lead to huge benefits for Edinburgh and the surrounding area.
I recently contributed an article to the Evening News concerning the city deal and I will be continuing to argue for more investment in affordable housing, skills and green infrastructure for the city.