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Build on the Cardiff Capital region and Swansea Bay City region deals

Last updated: 03:34pm 8 December 2019

We will build on the Cardiff Capital region and Swansea Bay City region deals…

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.33

Our verdict

In 2011, the UK government started to shift administration and planning from London to cities and regions. By 2014, 26 City Deals had been agreed in two consecutive waves, covering areas with the highest population. Signed respectively in 2016 and 2017, the Cardiff Capital Region Deal (CCRD) and the Swansea Bay City Deal (SBCD) were set to drive economic development in Wales, supporting the region with a grand total of £2.5 billion over ten years. This is a pledge to build on these two deals.

After the CCRD was agreed, in March 2018, the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport approved a £6 million funding bid from the Local Full Fibre Challenge Fund to improve digital infrastructure in South-East Wales. In June 2018, the government reaffirmed its commitment to support the next phase of the City Deal.

Following the SBCD, in July 2018, all relevant local authorities approved the key governance structures to deliver funding under the deal. However, in February 2019, an independent review found no business case for the eleven identified projects had been officially submitted, and made recommendations to improve implementation of the deal.

In July 2019, £18 million of funding was promised for the SBCD, and by October 2019, the £60 million Pembroke Dock Marine project was ready to be submitted to the Welsh and UK governments for approval.

The government has built on these deals with ongoing investment in both since they were first signed. This policy is ‘done’.

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