This note provides an overview of City Deals, with details on the 31 that have been successfully negotiated since July 2012.Jump to full report >>
City deals are bespoke packages of funding and decision-making powers negotiated between central government and local authorities and/or Local Enterprise Partnerships and other local bodies.
Between July 2012 and August 2014, 26 City Deals were agreed. The first wave, completed in July 2012 covered the 8 largest English cities outside London; the second wave, completed in July 2014 covered the next 14 largest English cities and their wider areas, as well as the next 6 English cities and areas with the highest population growth between 2001 and 2010.
In a one-off deal in August 2014, Glasgow and the Clyde Valley became the first area outside England to agree a deal.
In 2016, deals were agreed with Aberdeen, Cardiff and Inverness.
In 2017, deals were agreed with the Swansea Bay area and Edinburgh and South East Scotland.
In 2018, a deal for Stirling and Clackmannanshire was finalised. Deals for Tayside, Belfast City Region and the Derry City and Strabane District Council area are in progress.
Commons Briefing papers SN07158
Author: Matthew Ward