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City Deals and Growth Deals: deal or no deal?

20 September 2013

Should a City Deal or a Growth Deal be given priority at the moment? The general lack of movement on the finalisation of the Wave 2 City Deals and recent comments from local authority officials, suggest that this is one dilemma currently facing Whitehall. The guidance relating to negotiation on Growth Deals for 2015 advises that the proposals should be similar to those for City Deals. This raises the question as to why have both?

Some of the main differences between City Deals and Growth Deals are the geographical area that they cover and the funding available under the different packages. Therefore, areas that currently don’t have a City Deal and are gearing up for negotiating a Growth Deal seem to be stuck between a rock and a hard place. The question of who should take control of the local growth agenda and what is more important needs to be answered by Whitehall before local authorities become disillusioned.

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