Next steps for City Region Deal

The Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal is expected to be signed this summer.

One year on since the Heads of Terms were agreed in July 2017, a signing is expected to take place next month which will reaffirm the UK and Scottish Governments’ joint commitment with local authorities to achieve full implementation of the City Region Deal over the next 15 years.

The update was included in a report to a meeting of the Full Council yesterday (28 June).

Council Leader Adam McVey, said: “One year since this ambitious programme for the region was agreed, we are now ready for the City Region Deal to begin to be delivered. The signing later this summer will mark another important milestone, allowing us to continue work with both governments to deliver on the commitments we have made. I am looking forward to this crucial next step and releasing funds towards a number of priority projects for Edinburgh and the region.”

Depute Council Leader Cammy Day, added: “This is a deal which will allow us to transform the area and deliver thousands of jobs, high quality housing, critical infrastructure, a new skills programme and a world class concert hall. It will enable us to build on Edinburgh and the region’s unique strengths, and jointly deliver a programme over the next 15 years which will drive investment and address inclusion which will benefit the whole region.”

The Edinburgh and South-East Scotland City Region Deal is a mechanism for accelerating economic and inclusive growth in the City Region.

The £1.1bn+ Deal will see the UK Government and Scottish Government invest in the city region over the next 15 years alongside partners, comprising six member authorities: the City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Fife, Midlothian, Scottish Borders and West Lothian Councils; the city region’s universities and colleges, and the private and third sectors.

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