MSPs welcome support for ‘City Deal’

Alison McInnes MSP.
Alison McInnes MSP.
  • MSPs McInnes and Baker welcome City Deal support
  • Scottish Government staff and agencies to provide support for bid
  • City Deal secures cross-party backing

Two North East MSPs have welcomed assurances from Ministers that the Scottish Government will support in principle an Aberdeen City Region Deal.

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes and Scottish Labour MSP Richard Baker welcomed the support for the deal which could unlock billions of pounds of investment in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

It is important that the Scottish Government does all it can to support this vital City Deal Bid

Richard Baker MSP

During General Questions last Thursday, Mrs McInnes received assurances that the Scottish Government’s staff and agencies will provide support to the bid team during its negotiations with the UK Government. It comes after a motion from Alison McInnes MSP, ‘Supporting an Aberdeen City Region Deal’ gained support from SNP, Conservative and Labour MSPs.

Alison McInnes commented: “I am pleased that my motion supporting Aberdeen’s City Region Deal bid has received cross-party support and that the Scottish Government has today put on record its backing for the initiative.

“This multi-billion pound deal for Aberdeen and the surrounding region which could boost jobs and growth, deliver much needed investment in infrastructure and improve connectivity.”

However, Richard Baker MSP questioned Scottish Government Ministers on making a clear commitment to the Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire City Region Deal.

The North East MSP was pleased to receive a pledge from Scottish Ministers to support the bid in principle.

However, Mr Baker has now called for a stronger commitment from the Scottish Government to stand ready to provide funding for the deal.

Richard Baker said: “It is important that the Scottish Government does all it can to support this vital City Deal Bid so we can make further progress on the announcement made in the budget yesterday which was hard-won by our local authorities.

“I was pleased to hear from Ministers today that they support the bid in principle, but the Scottish Government has stopped short of pledging additional funds for the bid.

“In response to my question the Cabinet Secretary simply outlined investment which had already been announced. Glasgow is benefitting from £500 million of Scottish Government support for their city deal, so it is only right that there should be a financial commitment from Scottish Ministers for the city deal for our area.”