Following the news earlier this week that the UK Government are potentially preparing to halve their previously promised investment in the Tay Cities Deal, MSP for Dundee City East, Shona Robison MSP took the issue to the Scottish Parliament and raised it with the First Minister during this week’s First Minister’s Questions.
A total of £400m had been expected from both the Scottish Government and UK Government, but sources this week have said that the UK Government’s contribution could end up being as low as £100m.
Concerned by this news, Shona Robison MSP asked:
"Does the First Minister shares my serious concerns over reports that the UK Government is planning to renege on the Tay Cities Deal, as reported by The Courier newspaper earlier this week, which would see the UK Government reduce its contribution to the deal by a reported £80 million?"
In response to this question from the Dundee City East MSP, the First Minister told the Chamber that the Scottish Government are ready to go with their side of the deal, but expressed her serious concerns at the reports of the UK Government reneging on their part.
The First Minister urged them to commit and deliver their part of the deal to ensure that the momentum of last week’s opening of the V&A Dundee, and the general regeneration of the Waterfront, is continued.
Commenting on the issue, Shona Robison MSP said:
“The reports that the UK Government is considering reneging on their part of the deal is completely unacceptable. For the City of Dundee, the additional financial boost from the Tay Cities Deal is absolutely crucial to ensure that the good work and regeneration that has already gone into the City is continued.
“There has been a lot of hard work that has been put into getting the deal to where it is today, and I thank all of the partners that have been involved in that. We know that there are several projects throughhout the Tayside region which depend on this money. And by now reneging and withholding that, is just another example of our communities being pushed to the side and taken for granted by the UK Government.
“David Mundell and all others responsible for this need to be upfront and deliver what was promised as soon as possible. The Scottish Government are ready to give the green light to this deal, the UK Government now need to do the same.”