Policy Forum for Wales

City and Growth Deals in Wales: progress and next steps for delivery

TO BE PUBLISHED May 2020


This conference will examine the ongoing process of agreeing and implementing City and Growth Deals in Wales, including developing effective proposals, delivering projects and supporting economic development.


Speakers


There will be keynote addresses from:


  • David Rosser, Chief Regional Officer, South East Wales, Welsh Government;
  • Councillor Rosemarie Harris, Leader, Powys County Council;
  • Councillor Dyfrig Siencyn, Leader, Gwynedd Council;
  • Councillor Rob Stewart, Leader, City & County of Swansea Council; and
  • Professor Mark Barry, Professor of Practice in Connectivity, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University.

Further speakers include: Brian Edy, Director, Steel & Metals Institute, Swansea University; and Dr Barry Walters, Principal, Pembrokeshire College.


The agenda in summary


  • Assessing agreed and prospective City and Growth Deals in Wales - the current state of play;
  • Developing proposals going forward - governance, consensus and collaboration;
  • Key issues for delivering projects: developing infrastructure, securing funding and ensuring effective project management;
  • Supporting economic development, promoting skills and developing research centres; and
  • Progress and prospects for City and Growth Deals in Wales.

Context and the focus for discussion


The conference takes place in the context of issues emerging from policy developments, including:


  • Head of Terms being signed for the North Wales Growth Deal, with both Welsh and UK Governments committed to investing a total of £240m, in addition to further funding from the private sector and partners - with seven programmes agreed, including projects on digital connectivity, energy, agriculture, manufacturing and skills;
  • The recent Welsh Affairs Committee report on City and Growth Deals - with discussion expected on issues such as investment, the process of allocating funding to councils, learning from successful projects, and coordination and communication cross-border and between governments;
  • £55m funding announced towards Mid Wales projects, expected to help encourage further private sector investment in the region;
  • Reports that £18m funding from the UK and Welsh Governments has been secured for two digital and creative projects as part of the Swansea Bay City Deal;
  • The Government’s manifesto pledge for the negotiation of a cross-border Marches Growth Deal, proposed to invest particularly in transport infrastructure;
  • Wales Audit Office reviews relating to the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal, on the Deal’s first investment decision and on governance and accountability arrangements since then, finding that the Deal’s arrangements would support decision making well, but that transparency needed to improve; and
  • Independent review of the Swansea Bay City Deal, carried out in Spring last year for the UK and Welsh Governments, including recommendations to improve the deliverability of the Deal’s outcomes.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference


Policy Forum for Wales conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: the Welsh Government; the Development Bank of Wales; the Welsh European Funding Office; Transport for Wales; and the Department for International Trade.



Price: £95 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


Shortly after every Policy Forum for Wales seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes

Presentations

Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval


Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda

Q&A

Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Articles

Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates