Policy

Giving more power back to cities through City Deals

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City Deals - wave 2

We invited 20 cities and their surrounding areas to compete for the opportunity to negotiate a City Deal. The deals would see government give powers to the city in exchange for the city taking on the responsibility of creating economic growth in its area.

In January 2013, each city submitted an initial proposal on how to improve a serious local economic problem.

To secure a deal with government, each city had to show in its proposals for growth that it:

  • can prove how it will take greater responsibility and leadership with decisions affecting its local economy
  • will use the advice, expertise, and resources of the private sector
  • is dedicated and ready to put resources into the deal
  • has plans on using public money wisely
  • can improve its area by following the government’s strategy of lowering regulation, boosting private sector growth, and making it easier for businesses to grow

The following 20 cities submitted proposals as part of City Deals - wave 2:

  • the Black Country
  • Bournemouth
  • Brighton and Hove
  • Greater Cambridge
  • Coventry and Warwickshire
  • Hull and Humber
  • Ipswich
  • Leicester and Leicestershire
  • Milton Keynes
  • Greater Norwich
  • Oxford and Central Oxfordshire
  • Reading
  • Plymouth
  • Preston and Lancashire
  • Southampton and Portsmouth
  • Southend
  • Stoke and Staffordshire
  • Sunderland and the North East
  • Swindon and Wiltshire
  • Tees Valley

In February 2013 the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, and the Minister for Cities, Greg Clark, announced that each of the 20 cities and their wider areas were successful and had been invited to negotiate a City Deal. Deals are expected to be negotiated throughout the next year.

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