UK Government urged to back Tay Cities Deal bringing 15,000 jobs to local area

Keith Brown.

UK Government ministers have been urged to give concrete backing to the £1.84 billion Tay Cities Deal after Holyrood pledged its support.

Scottish Government economy secretary Keith Brown said there was a firm commitment to the scheme, which could create 15,000 jobs across Dundee, Angus, Perth and Kinross and north-east Fife.

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament, Mr Brown vowed the Scottish Government would support the Tay Cities Deal and a similar proposal for Stirling.

He said: “Having committed more than £1bn over the next 10-20 years for city region deals, it is now time to expand our regional economic policy to deliver a transformational city region deal for the Tay Cities Region.”

He said the Scottish Government was driving the work forward and urged the UK Government to match its commitment to deliver a deal for the Tay Cities Region.

A UK Government spokesman said it was also behind the bid but was still scrutinising the proposal, which is asking for funding for 50 separate projects.

He said: “We have invested £1 billion so far in UK City Deals in Scotland. We are in discussions about the detail of a Tay Cities deal, which the Chancellor committed to in the Budget.

“We look forward to progress being made on the deal and will continue to work with the Scottish Government and local partners as proposals develop.”

On a visit to Dundee last week, Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond said the UK Government was “enthusiastic” about the Tay Cities Deal.