This site is in beta mode while we add the remaining policies. To feedback or help, please get in touch!
Bring forward a Borderlands Growth Deal

Building on the City and Growth deals we have signed across Scotland, we will bring forward a Borderlands Growth Deal, including all councils on both sides of the border, to help secure prosperity in southern Scotland.

Our Verdict

The Borderlands region is a rural area comprising five local authorities at the border between southern Scotland and northern England. It presents specific challenges hindering economic development, including a low rate of business creation and a population which is older than the UK and Scottish average. In 2014, the councils joined forces to create the Borderlands Partnership, which sought to develop a strategic vision for the area. This is a pledge to bring forward a deal to support inclusive economic development in the councils at the Anglo-Scottish border.

On July 1st,  2019, the government published the Borderland Inclusive Growth Deal for the Borderlands, announcing that £394.5 million will be invested in the five local authorities on both sides of the border to enhance the region’s economic development. Projects include a world class mountain bike innovation centre, the development of the Lilidorei play village at Alnwick Gardens and infrastructural improvements. According to the Borderlands Partnership, this will help generate around 5,500 jobs.

The government has “brought forward” a deal to support economic development in the Borderlands region, so we consider this policy ‘done’.

Bring forward the facts!

There's always room for debate

We’re serious about providing clear, up-to-date, non-partisan information. We focus on being consistent and fair in how we track policies, and always explain our reasoning. But there is always room for debate. So if you see it differently, we’d love you to tell us why or submit an edit.

Get involved!

Whether you are for or against this policy or just want to know more, it's never been easier to get involved and have your say. Try these for starters…

Join the discussion On this page, or Twitter, or Facebook. Democracy is better shared!
Follow this policy We'll send you email alerts every time something interesting happens.
Ask your MP Ask your MP to help you support or block this policy - write to them here.
Get the facts Sense about Science and Full Fact are great for evidence and fact checking.
Get ahead! The Simple Politics newsletter breaks it all down for you - before it happens!