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23rd November 2016

SNP Call On UK Government To Invest In Stirling

CITY REGION DEAL MUST FEATURE IN CHANCELLOR’S AUTUMN STATEMENT

Local Stirling representatives Bruce Crawford MSP, Steven Paterson MP and Councillor Scott Farmer (Leader of the SNP Group on Stirling Council) are calling on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to commit the UK Government to investing in the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal bid.

The bid seeks to transform and develop local infrastructure and encourage private investment, growing businesses and creating job opportunities.

On Wednesday 23rd November, the Chancellor of the Exchequer will lay out the UK Government’s budget in his Autumn Statement. The SNP Scottish Government has already called upon the UK Government to work with them to deliver an ambitious City Region Deal. Local Stirling SNP representatives now hope to see a commitment to the Deal feature in the Chancellor’s statement to the House of Commons.

Photograph: [from left] Bruce Crawford MSP, Steven Paterson MP, and SNP Stirling Council Group Leader Cllr Scott Farmer – Stirling Castle background.

Photograph: [from left] Bruce Crawford MSP, Steven Paterson MP, and SNP Stirling Council Group Leader Cllr Scott Farmer

 Steven Paterson said:

“A city deal for Stirling would bring greater opportunities for encouraging investment, growing business, and creating jobs in the local area. When I led a cross-party delegation from Stirling to a meeting at the Scotland Office in Whitehall, I was encouraged by the enthusiasm that was voiced by ministers. Now is the time for the Chancellor to turn the UK Government’s enthusiasm into real commitment for the Stirling City Region Deal.”

Bruce Crawford added:

“I am pleased that the Scottish Government has committed to working to deliver the transformative proposals outlined in the business plan for a City Region Deal. They have the capacity to significantly improve the opportunities that the local area has to offer. By investing in making Stirling the Digital Hub of Scotland and developing our local assets, we can send out a message that Stirling is very much open for business.”

Scott Farmer commented:

“The city deal bid is of gold standard in terms of being a comprehensive business plan that seeks to attract investment into our local communities and it is down to the hard work of Stirling Council officers that such a highly commendable application has been made. I’m joining colleagues of all parties in calling on the UK Chancellor to commit to investing in Stirling and unlocking future opportunities.”