16 January 2020

Commenting on Audit Scotland’s report ‘ Scotland’s City Region and Growth Deals’ , Scottish Labour’s Spokesperson on Infrastructure Colin Smyth said,

“This report reinforces many concerns raised two years ago by the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government committee.

“ While investment from growth deals is welcome and badly needed, the process for developing deals is ad-hoc, negotiated in secret, with little input from local communities.

“Where responsibility lies if something goes wrong with a growth deal is far from clear.”

“As a result, why certain projects are chosen over others can be a mystery.

" It’s also clear that the level of investment in growth deals does not compensate for the Scottish Government’s cuts in council budgets, leading to badly needed local infrastructure projects being axed”.
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