How effective are Growth and City deals for Wales?

MPs are looking into the effects and value of funding given to Wales from the UK and Welsh Governments

Cardiff city centre

We want to hear your views on City and Growth Deals for Wales

Growth deals

In the 2018 Autumn Budget, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced £120 million capital for the North Wales Growth deal, and the Welsh Government agreed to match this funding. However it has not yet been implemented. The level of funding provided by the UK Government had been criticised for being £50 million lower than the original proposal, and the Welsh Government has called for the Government to step up its level of support for the area.

Since the announcement of the North Wales Growth Deal, there have been increasing calls for a Mid Wales Growth Deal of £200 million to support economic expansion in the area. it is expected that the deal will be proposed by the Autumn budget. 

City deals

A number of areas in Wales have also been granted City Deals to boost economic growth. The Cardiff City Region Deal was announced by the UK Government on 15 March 2016 and included £1.2billion in funding in partnership with the Welsh Government and 10 local authorities. The Swansea Bay City Region Deal was announced by the UK and Welsh Governments in June 2017 with estimated funding of nearly £1.3billion.

Purpose of inquiry

The Committee’s inquiry will examine the effectiveness of the growth deal for creating new jobs and incentive for additional investment in the area and will also examine the impact of city deals, and consider what can be learnt from how their operation for future deals for Wales.

We want to hear from you

The Committee would like written submissions on the following questions

Questions to consider

  1. How is the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal currently operating?
  2. How successfully has the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal been implemented? What improvements have been seen in the Cardiff Capital Region economy as a result?
  3. How has the Swansea Bay City Deal improved the local economy?
  4. Following the independent review, what will change in the governance of the Swansea Bay City Deal?
  5. What lessons can be learnt from the City Deals for the Mid and North Wales growth deal proposals?
  6. What would be the impact of the proposed North Wales Growth Deal on the North Wales economy- which sectors would benefit, and what would be the quality of jobs created?
  7. Is the current UK Government and Welsh Government funding enough to support the North Wales Growth Deal?
  8. What should a Mid Wales Growth Deal include and which sectors should it focus on?
  9. What support and structures should be put in place to enable a Mid Wales Growth Deal proposal to be successful?

How can I submit my views?

Submit evidence to our inquiry using our online portal

The deadline for responses is Tuesday 14 May 2019

Submit your views using our online portal

Instructions on how to submit your evidence to the Committee are available.

Anyone can submit written evidence as long as the submission is clear, concise, addresses the questions asked and is not already published elsewhere.

Your submissions will inform the questions that we will put to experts and Ministers in both UK Parliament and the Welsh Assembly.

This is your chance to help inform the government and policy makers.

Welsh Affairs Select Committee

Launching the inquiry the Chair, David T.C. Davies MP, said:

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