Published: 15th Jan 2018

Last week a Scottish Parliament committee report into city region deals found them ‘opaque’ in their decision-making and cast doubt on their effectiveness. We asked three economic development professionals to give their views on Scotland’s regional economic strategy. ‘Scotland can model innovation’: Phil Prentice, chief officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership: The concept of city deals is flawed in Scotland. It’s a very conservative policy aimed at devolving power to localities. But Scotland isn’t facing the same issues as England and doesn’t have the scale to benefit from such policies. Places were forced into it because any resource is better than nothing in the current funding environment. This policy has been focused on ‘more of the same’. It’s in the mindset of ‘more roads equals economic growth’ rather than thinking through what places need and felt like a lot of money being spent to deliver the wrong projects. But while the first … (To read the full article, subscribe below)