Monday, 07 January 2019 15:07

FIRST MINISTER PLEDGES EXTRA £50 MILLION FOR TAY CITIES

UK GOVERNMENT CHALLENGED TO MATCH SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT’S AMBITION FOR REGION

Perth MP Pete Wishart has welcomed the “hugely ambitious” announcement of an extra £50 million of investment in the Tay Cities region by the Scottish Government.

The investment, in addition to the Scottish Government’s £150 million support for the Tay Cities Region Deal, will support transport infrastructure, housing and investment in manufacturing.

£40m will be invested in the Cross Tay Link Road, which will link the A9 over the River Tay. The remaining £10m will fund an "industrial investment programme" supporting manufacturing businesses.

The UK government has previously rejected calls to fully match the Scottish Government’s spending in the region.

Commenting, Pete Wishart MP said:

“This is a hugely ambitious announcement that will support jobs and growth across Tayside.

“The Scottish Government is putting its money where its mouth is with a package of support for high-skilled jobs, new homes and better transport infrastructure – over and above the agreed Tay Cities Deal spending.

“If the UK government was serious about supporting jobs in Scotland, they’d be matching the Scottish Government’s investment in the Tay Cities.”

https://www.gov.scot/news/boost-for-tay-cities-region/

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