- Posted by: Mike Hedges MS
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Swansea City Region
Mike Hedges AM raised the importance of the Swansea City region to the economic prosperity of the area with First Minister Carwyn Jones. Mike Hedges Am said I believe in the importance of city regions as economic drivers. Mike Hedges asked the First Minister for an update on funding for the Swansea city region, including the city deal. The First Minister said that “We now, of course, wish to move forward with a city deal along the lines of that that’s been agreed for the capital region”.
Copy of the Questions and answers
|Mike Hedges||2. Will the First Minister make a statement on the Swansea Bay City Region?
|Carwyn Jones||Yes. The Swansea bay city region board continues to lead regional alignment and collaboration to deliver shared aspirations for jobs and growth.
|Mike Hedges||May I thank the First Minister for that response? I think that we both agree that Swansea bay city region has a clear direction of travel. I believe in the importance of city regions as economic drivers. Cardiff has had agreed funding for its city deal. Can the First Minister provide an update on funding for the Swansea city region, including the city deal?
|Carwyn Jones||Yes, of course. I know that Sir Terry Matthews and the board have developed an initial proposal for a city deal, which has been submitted to both us and the UK Government. It’s seeking a sum of around £500 million over 20 years, and, indeed, the proposal outlines the transformational power of digital connectivity to accelerate growth in the region, and across Wales and, indeed, the rest of the UK. So, that submission has been made. We now, of course, wish to move forward with a city deal along the lines of that that’s been agreed for the capital region.