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Glasgow set for £1.1bn, 28,000 jobs boost and an airport rail link

PRIME Minister David Cameron has announced a £500million cash boost for Glasgow which will result in the creation of thousands of new jobs.



And he has called on the Scottish Government to match the massive cash injection aimed at strengthening the economy of the city and surrounding area.

Mr Cameron announced the financial investment ahead of a visit to Scotland at which he will provide further details of the City Deal package.

The city will be the first in Scotland to benefit from City Deal status which is an agreement between the Treasury and a city region.

It involves the transfer of significant additional economic power and finance in exchange for a disciplined and detailed plan to invest in the area's economy.

Westminster says the City Deal will lead to the creation of more than 28,000 new jobs in the Glasgow area over the next 20 years and will eventually generate around £1.75billion of economic growth in the city every year.

It will also provide targeted support to more than 4000 ill or disabled people in work or looking for work and to 15,000 young people over the next three years.

City council leader Gordon Matheson has repeatedly warned Glasgow is losing out to major English cities like Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool which have already been awarded City Deal status.

And he has insisted there is nothing in Scottish policy which comes close to the potential of the UK scheme.

David Cameron made the announcement in conjunction with Chief Secretary of the Treasury Danny Alexander.

The Prime Minister said: "Glasgow is one of the United Kingdom's greatest cities and like Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds, it not only has a proud history but it also has a fantastic future.

"The city has prospered from industry, innovation and culture but has also been held back by unemployment and skills shortages."

He said that mattered for the whole of the UK as long lasting prosperity would only happen if all the country's regions and cities were fulfilling their potential.

Mr Cameron added: "For too long, governments in London and Edinburgh have acted as though taking powers away from Britain's great cities is the best way to create growth, rather than trusting the people living there to find their own specific solutions to meet their own unique needs.

"But not any more."

The Prime Minister said the City Deal is a partnership between Glasgow and the UK Government but would also be seeking a partnership with Holyrood.

He added: "This shows how Glasgow can benefit from having the best of both worlds - a devolved Government in Scotland and the broad shoulders of the UK Government that can use its influence and resources to unlock vital investment.

"Building on this significant investment we are inviting the Scottish Government to match the UK Government contribution."

The cash boost will go towards a new fund which will support infrastructure projects such as a new airport rail link, major improvements to the region's road and bus network and the development of new business sites.

In 2006, the Scottish Parliament passed the Glasgow Airport Rail Link which would have resulted in trains between Central Station and the airport.

However the £210million scheme was scrapped three years later as part of spending cuts.

Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and West Dunbartonshire councils have pledged £130m to the new infrastructure fund.

City council leader Gordon Matheson described the announcement as historic for the city and surrounding area.

He said: "This is the start of an era of transformation in the Glasgow city region.

"This truly historic city deal is the biggest in the UK and the first in Scotland.

"It will lead to more and better jobs, new companies which survive and grow and a massive expansion in modern high tech industry.

"City regions really are the engines of national economic growth and I have long argued that devolving more power to our cities is the best way to grow the Scottish and British economies.

"We have been able to secure a great deal from the UK Government and I know the Scottish Government will want to ensure this deal is a success.

"This deal also shows the strength of the partnership between the local councils in the Clyde Valley.

"We have great strengths - a stock of land which can be brought into productive use, brilliant housing and amenities to attract and retain the best people and universities which are educating the next generation of scientists and engineers.

"It is hard to overestimate how important this is for Scotland."

The statement from David Cameron, Prime Minister and Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury:

Glasgow is one of the United Kingdom's greatest cities and like Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds, it not only has a proud history it also has a fantastic future.

The city has prospered from industry, innovation and culture but has also been held back by unemployment and skills shortages. This matters for the whole of the UK, because sustainable prosperity will only happen if all our regions and cities are fulfilling their potential.

And for too long governments in London and Edinburgh have acted as though taking powers away from Britain's great cities is the best way to create growth, rather than trusting the people living there to find their own specific solutions to meet their own unique needs.

But not any more.

This city deal is a partnership between Glasgow and the UK Government and we will also seek a partnership with the Scottish Government - this shows how Glasgow can benefit from having the best of both worlds: a devolved Government in Scotland and the broad shoulders of the UK Government that can use its influence and resources to unlock vital investment.

Glasgow plans to create a £1.1 billion infrastructure fund that will support projects such as the city centre-airport rail link, major improvements to the region's roads and bus network, and the development of new employment sites.

The UK Government is offering £500 million of new funding to support this genuinely ambitious proposal, with local authorities in the region providing a further £130 million. Building on this significant investment we are inviting the Scottish Government to match the UK Government contribution.

This vote of confidence in Glasgow will also help generate private-sector money so businesses can flourish.

In exchange Glasgow will take active measures to further reduce unemployment and help move people in low-paid jobs into higher paid ones.

These are genuine powers that will change the fortunes of people across the region by creating new jobs, improving transport networks, boosting businesses and providing skills to young people and the long-term unemployed

So from tomorrow, those who know Glasgow best - the people who live and work here - can decide where this investment can benefit them and their families most. And local leaders will now have the final say in how this money should be spent.

We want Glasgow to have the freedom, power and tools to innovate and succeed for a brighter, more prosperous future. That's why we applaud the ambitious aim to invest in infrastructure and attract private investment to help local business leaders establish Glasgow as a world leading city.

Only weeks before the Commonwealth Games showcases Glasgow to the world, this city deal sends a very clear message that the region is open for business.

People make Glasgow - and it is the hardworking people of Glasgow that are helping build a stronger economy and fairer society, creating a lasting legacy for generations to come.
 

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£1.1bn, ay.... :naughty:

 

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A nice bribe..."We have ignored the fact that Glasgow suffers from the highest levels of deprivation,and thus has the lowest life expectancy of ANYWHERE in Western Europe, for decades, because you lot almost never vote Tory, but now that there is a danger that we will lose the oil, nuclear missile facilities, political sovereignty over a third of our home isle...here's a few bob....

People only offer bribes when they are afraid of not getting what they want otherwise.
 

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A nice bribe..."We have ignored the fact that Glasgow suffers from the highest levels of deprivation,and thus has the lowest life expectancy of ANYWHERE in Western Europe, for decades, because you lot almost never vote Tory, but now that there is a danger that we will lose the oil, nuclear missile facilities, political sovereignty over a third of our home isle...here's a few bob....

People only offer bribes when they are afraid of not getting what they want otherwise.
Save it for the Independence thread.

This is great news, a thoroughly worthy scheme, and it might just make GARL achievable. It's a giant win for Glasgow, and anything that helps the young and disabled into work should be cheered from the rooftops.
 

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This is a great win for Glasgow. Why is it a bribe when the benefits can be seen as so far reaching in cities like Manchester? It's about time Scotland's only true conurbation got the powers it requires to run itself properly. This is a genuinely good thing that the UK government has done for Glasgow.
 

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It is a bribe because:

If the government had wanted to intervene to improve the economy of the Glasgow area,and thus bring living standards up towards the UK average then they could have done so decades ago.

Instead,Thatcher authorised billions of tazpayers' money to be given to develop the London Docklands (partially to subsidise her friends,the Reichmann brothers, who were financing Canary Wharf). Now 500.000 jobs,largely well paid and prestigous,are based there. If UK governments had genuinely wanted to help Glasgow recover from its post industrial collapse in the 60s and 70s, they could have sent billions northwards. We could have had a gleaming financial sector, a terminal 5 type airport terminal. Instead we were told to get on our bike and move south. They are trying to bribe us.
 

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This is a great win for Glasgow. Why is it a bribe when the benefits can be seen as so far reaching in cities like Manchester? It's about time Scotland's only true conurbation got the powers it requires to run itself properly. This is a genuinely good thing that the UK government has done for Glasgow.
Well said. I'm an indy supporter but can see this is a massive boost for Glasgow so well done to the UKGov. Lets keep the independence stuff to it's own thread.
 

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It is a bribe because:

If the government had wanted to intervene to improve the economy of the Glasgow area,and thus bring living standards up towards the UK average then they could have done so decades ago.

Instead,Thatcher authorised billions of tazpayers' money to be given to develop the London Docklands (partially to subsidise her friends,the Reichmann brothers, who were financing Canary Wharf). Now 500.000 jobs,largely well paid and prestigous,are based there. If UK governments had genuinely wanted to help Glasgow recover from its post industrial collapse in the 60s and 70s, they could have sent billions northwards. We could have had a gleaming financial sector, a terminal 5 type airport terminal. Instead we were told to get on our bike and move south. They are trying to bribe us.
But you will agree a city deal is a good thing for Glasgow? You can wallow in what you think ''could have been'' all you like, but this is real tangible progress.
 

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I personally do not think the September vote will make much difference either way to Glasgow as the ruling party in Edinburgh or London will be neo-liberal regardless of the future status of Scotland.

Having said that, a word of caution to those cheering this announcement. The money is not "free cash" from Westminster. It will come as borrowing powers to local authorities who will then have to service the debt over the next 50 to 60 years.

Given that public sector current spending is going to reduce steadily in real terms over the next decade, regardless of the government in power, this debt servicing will only be met by cuts elsewhere in local services or an increase in council tax.

Remember Glasgow City Council's endemic inability to forward plan the revenue consequences of capital investment. Every new development it makes is at the expense of something else - look at the decline of McLellan Galleries, Springburn Park Winter Gardens, Springburn Burgh Hall, Maryhill Burgh Hall etc. The park bandstands have only been restored because of the Commonwealth Games. You can also safely bet that the future annual losses from the Emirates Arena, Scotstoun and Tollcross will not be budgeted for either.

It is true that improvements in public transport and other infrastructure could improve the local economy. However, I worry when I read that vanity projects such as an airport rail link jump to the top of the page every time new money is identified. As a regular user of the airport bus I have to say it is rarely full. A link into Central Station would be low in my order of priorities.

As to the Leader of the City Council, I would not trust him to fetch me a cup of tea. Given that he was advised at a public meeting in March that the tourist maps in George Square and elsewhere in the city centre direct visitors to the Information Office that closed in George Square a year previously and has been unable to fulfil his commitment to update them to date, I doubt he can be trusted will £500 million!
 

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I personally do not think the September vote will make much difference either way to Glasgow as the ruling party in Edinburgh or London will be neo-liberal regardless of the future status of Scotland.

Having said that, a word of caution to those cheering this announcement. The money is not "free cash" from Westminster. It will come as borrowing powers to local authorities who will then have to service the debt over the next 50 to 60 years.

Given that public sector current spending is going to reduce steadily in real terms over the next decade, regardless of the government in power, this debt servicing will only be met by cuts elsewhere in local services or an increase in council tax.

Remember Glasgow City Council's endemic inability to forward plan the revenue consequences of capital investment. Every new development it makes is at the expense of something else - look at the decline of McLellan Galleries, Springburn Park Winter Gardens, Springburn Burgh Hall, Maryhill Burgh Hall etc. The park bandstands have only been restored because of the Commonwealth Games. You can also safely bet that the future annual losses from the Emirates Arena, Scotstoun and Tollcross will not be budgeted for either.

It is true that improvements in public transport and other infrastructure could improve the local economy. However, I worry when I read that vanity projects such as an airport rail link jump to the top of the page every time new money is identified. As a regular user of the airport bus I have to say it is rarely full. A link into Central Station would be low in my order of priorities.

As to the Leader of the City Council, I would not trust him to fetch me a cup of tea. Given that he was advised at a public meeting in March that the tourist maps in George Square and elsewhere in the city centre direct visitors to the Information Office that closed in George Square a year previously and has been unable to fulfil his commitment to update them to date, I doubt he can be trusted will £500 million!
An interesting perspective. I've not dug into the details of the deal, but you make some very sensible points.

If i was investing my own money, I don't know if a airport rail link is necessarily going to unlock millions of extra money.

What would everyones priority be then?

Mine

1. Tradeston. Just dae it, and dae it right.
2. Finish the IFSD
3. Tram
4. Airport Rail link
 

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FANTASTIC news for the city! This has the potential to really get things going, things that otherwise would have taken years.

First up, Tradeston!
 

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I'd love to just splurge out regenerating the inner city but i guess the spending will have to be much more strategic than that. Transport infrastructure first and foremost, founding research/training institutes, more uni/private collaborations like ITREZ, public realm improvements in key spots. That said, I really hope the powers to create a German style mechanism for council owned/funded subsiduaries to take the lead in property development can come out of this - it really should.

Scotstoun super-yard?
 

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I wouldn't go as far to call the airport rail link a vanity project, it's one of the few bits of public transport infrastructure we justifiably need.

On another note, how will this City Deal be affected in the event of independence? I'm all for a yes vote, but I fear the Scottish Government would be more in favour of the current single tier council areas, and reluctant to give any city more powers.
 

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What were the predicted passenger numbers for GARL again? I seem to recall hearing that there would only be a handful of people left on the train when it actually approaches the airport. If these passenger numbers are correct, and the £200m or so spent on it proves to be a complete failure, it would be a millstone around the neck of the city since it would still be responsible for paying the money back. I do worry that if the funding were made available the scheme would be built regardless of the business case just as a statement against the SNP government. That money would be much better spent on other things like tram-trains, even if they ended up at the airport as well.
 

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The SNP have apparently backed the same dosh if we vote for indy. Sure i read that earlier though not 100%.

Would look out for Labour party funders getting a lot of contracts from their friends at GCC. The council cannot be trusted with that sort of cash. None of it will go to where it's needed.
 
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