Cardiff Lib Dems back City Deal – with reservations

Cardiff’s Opposition Liberal Democrats have joined other parties to approve the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal report, while expressing concerns about the scrutiny and governance arrangements in place.

Liberal Democrat councillors raised concerns at tonight’s council meeting regarding the procedures in place to scrutinise the actions of the joint executive, as well as the effect that a hard Brexit would have on the ability of the deal to grow the local economy.

Cllr Elizabeth Clark, Leader of Cardiff’s Opposition Liberal Democrats, said:
“As a key Liberal Democrat initiative driven forward during the coalition government, we absolutely recognise the potential this deal has to drive forward much-needed economic growth in Cardiff and across the region.

“We backed the deal this evening, but there’s still a lot of work to do to get this right. We know very little about how those in charge will be held to account, or how people will be told what they’re up to.

“We need effective, transparent governance in place to unlock the full potential of this city deal, and that will be the Lib Dems’ priority as it develops over the coming months.”

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