On 20 July 2017 the Secretary of State for Scotland announced that an agreement had been reached between the UK and Scottish Governments on the terms of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Deal. The deal will include six local authority areas, based on a joint UK and Scottish Government investment of £600 million and a £500 million investment from regional partners over a period of 15 years. This deal aims to create 21,000 jobs in the area.
With many parties involved, there is a clear need for effective leadership and governance in order to implement these deals effectively. This shift in decision-making powers comes with it its own governance and legal issues.
Local authorities are recognising that a strong and streamlined governance structure is needed to maximise local growth, with some establishing a cabinet system. The Glasgow and Clyde Valley cabinet acts as the ultimate decision-making body in the governance structure. The members of these cabinets are the Leaders of the participating local authorities and operate on a one member, one vote basis. Leadership will be important with the need to put vested interests to one side to ensure that decisions are taken in the best interests of the region to fulfil its potential.