First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s letter to the Prime Minister to confirm the Aberdeen City Deal in an urgent manner and offer to split the cost 50:50 between Scottish and UK Governments has finally brought about results. Sources confirm that an announcement is expected in the next fortnight that will include a £3 billion City Deal for the Aberdeen.
The deal is important because it would cement Aberdeen’s position as a global oil and gas hub. Moreover, the city would be able to provide a boost for transport, housing and digital projects. Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell confirmed that an announcement is expected shortly and explained that “the UK Government has been leading discussions with the Scottish Government and other partners on a UK City Deal for Aberdeen.” He announced that “we are committed to doing all we can to support the oil and gas sector and the wider North-east economy,” adding that “I’m delighted the Scottish Government has committed to join us in contributing funding, adding to that already pledged by the UK Government.”
In response to a question asked at the First Minister’s Questions, Ms Sturgeon replied that “given the current situation in Aberdeen, with significant private sector job losses announced in recent weeks by the oil and gas industry, it is vital that Government sends a strong and unequivocal signal that it is fully supportive of the region’s position as a global oil and gas hub.” She stated that “we will continue to take all the action that we can take,” adding that “of course, we will also continue to call on the UK Government to make sure that there is an appropriate fiscal regime for the North Sea.”
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