A ‘confused and cluttered’ policy environment, opaque decision-making and a mismatch between the economic priorities of the Scottish government and Westminster mean that city deals are unlikely to have their intended impact. These are the conclusions of a report released today by the Scottish parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee. Called City Regions – Deal or No Deal? the report says that, while there is much to be welcomed in the policy of city region deals, as they are called in Scotland, there are a number of significant issues that need to be addressed ‘as a matter of urgency’. One of these issues is a tension between competing objectives of the Scottish and Westminster governments. UK investments, including city region deals, are evaluated according to their contribution to ‘pure’ economic growth in terms of their gross value added (GVA). Since 2015 however the Scottish government has prioritised ‘inclusive growth’. The … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Clare Goff

Clare Goff is Editor at New Start magazine