March, 2019


South-east Scottish councils form board for £10bn housing spend


City of Edinburgh Council and other south-east Scottish councils have formed a joint board to oversee plans to pump £10bn into housing in the region over the next 15 years. The regional housing board, formed under the Edinburgh and South... (Continue reading)

Committee seeks views on Scottish National Investment Bank proposals


Views on a proposed national long-term investment bank are being sought by the Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee as part of a new inquiry into the Scottish National Investment Bank (SNIB) Bill. The Bill was introduced to Holyrood on... (Continue reading)

Ayrshire Growth Deal agreed

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Scottish Secretary David Mundell was joined by council leaders and the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, Michael Matheson, to sign a transformational growth deal for Ayrshire. The deal will see the UK government invest £103 million... (Continue reading)

Centre for Cities’ study finds inclusive economic growth weaker in Northern cities


Centre for Cities’ new research on low-skilled workers has found that growing cities’ overall economies is a prerequisite for creating inclusive growth. Despite higher living costs, southern cities such as Oxford and Exeter lead the country on opportunities for people... (Continue reading)

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Harrogate to launch housing company

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Harrogate Borough Council’s housing company will be up and running next month. The wholly-owned property company will be called Bracewell Homes, it was revealed. Harrogate hopes the company will help the council to be more ‘proactive’ in providing new housing.... (Continue reading)

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Action on gender inequalities


New plan to tackle pay gap. Steps to tackle gender discrimination and inequalities in the workplace have been set out in the Scottish Government’s first Gender Pay Gap Action Plan. The gender pay gap in Scotland for full-time employees has... (Continue reading)

Labour pledges ‘transformational’ £70bn for Scotland


Scotland has a choice between “transformational investment” under a Labour government, Richard Leonard has told voters. The Scottish Labour leader used the start of his party’s conference in Dundee to contrast Labour’s economic proposals with the future prospects of an... (Continue reading)

Green light for Fife industrial project signals 1,600 new jobs


Up to 1,600 new jobs are set to be created across Fife after £35million funding was awarded to an ambitious industrial regeneration project. The Fife Industrial Innovation Investment programme will support the creation of 1,000 new skilled permanent jobs and... (Continue reading)

GMB: ‘We need level playing field for offshore renewables’

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BiFab trade unions GMB and Unite have said a ‘level playing field’ is needed if Scotland is to secure the large-scale manufacturing contracts from its own offshore renewables sector – and they are asking the First Minister and the Scottish... (Continue reading)

Council leader calls for rethink of Yorkshire devolution deal

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The leader of Wakefield Council has called on local authorities in Yorkshire to start considering alternative devolution proposals. In February, communities secretary James Brokenshire told regional leaders that their plans for a One Yorkshire metro mayor failed to meet the... (Continue reading)

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