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    City deals lack ways to measure success – watchdog

    Written by on January 16, 2020

    The Scottish Government needs to show how it’ll measure the long-term success of city deals.

    That’s according to the public spending watchdog.

    The Accounts Commission found the investment deals have been positive for Scotland – but it’s unclear how it will be decided if they were value for money.

    The Stirling and Clacks City Deal has already been signed off – while there are hopes for a “transformational” Growth Deal in Falkirk and Grangemouth.

    Graham Sharp, Chair of the Accounts Commission said:

    “City deals have had a positive effect across Scotland, strengthening relationships between councils, government, business, our universities and other partners. 

    “It’s early days, but it’s important lines of accountability for deals are now made clearer and that the right staff are in place to develop and deliver deals at a time of considerable financial pressure for councils and the wider public sector.”

    Caroline Gardner, Auditor General for Scotland, said:

    “A significant amount of public money has been committed to city deals, but the programme’s lack of aims and objectives means opportunities may already have been missed to ensure deals contribute to national outcomes.

    “The Scottish Government needs to show how it will measure deals’ long-term success and work with councils to improve transparency around the approval process for individual projects.”