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Welsh Affairs Committee examines Swansea Bay City Deal

29 August 2019

The Welsh Affairs Committee will examine the rationale for the Swansea Bay City Deal, the funding arrangements, its projected impact and investment themes.

Background

The Swansea Bay City Deal was agreed by the UK and Welsh Governments and the four councils of Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire and Swansea in March 2017. The total funding for the deal is £1.3 billion and is intended to “provide the region and its partners with new ways of working and resources to unlock significant economic growth across the Swansea Bay City Region.” However there has been some criticism that the deal agreed in 2017 departs too much from the original 2016 proposal which placed a greater emphasis on digital technology, innovation and business investment and infrastructure.

Purpose of the session

The Committee will take evidence on the current plans for the City Deal from Councillor Rob Stewart, Leader of the City and County of Swansea and Chair of the Swansea Bay City Region Joint Committee and Phil Roberts, Chief Executive, City and County of Swansea.

The Committee will question the panel on the scope for revisiting the original proposition, the projects that will be funded under the agreed deal, and the findings of the independent review into the deal.

Witnesses

Tuesday 3 September 2019, The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

At 4pm

  • Councillor Rob Stewart, Leader of the City and County of Swansea and Chair of the Swansea Bay City Region Joint Committee 
  •  Phil Roberts, Chief Executive, City and County of Swansea

Further information

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