Register for our free newsletter MSPs have highlighted concerns about the City Region Deals set up to boost parts of Scotland, saying “significant issues” need to be urgently addressed. Holyrood’s Local Government and Communities Committee examined the system which has seen four such deals approved in Scotland, in Glasgow and the Clyde, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness and talks on deals for the Stirling and Clackmannanshire area and the Tay cities region. MSPs said there was some “scepticism about what is being promised”, particularly regarding forecast job numbers. The Deal Or No Deal report said: ” What is clear from the evidence that we have heard during our inquiry is that there is much to welcome in relation to City Region Deals, not least of which is the much-needed investment in our economy. “There are though, significant issues that need to be addressed as a matter of urgency.” The MSPs said: “T here is a danger that the often confused and cluttered policy landscape at local government, Scottish and UK levels runs the risk of reducing the impact that can be achieved from the deals. “At present, there are too many overlapping and competing initiatives and a mismatch between the objectives… Read full this story
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