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Letter to Western Mail on Core Cities Group

August 28, 2014 4:34 PM



Dear Editor,

In response to the article on 24th August 2014 about Cardiff joining the Core Cities Group, it is about time that Cardiff Council saw the bigger picture in bringing in investment for our city and Wales.

In 2011, the Coalition Government's introduced the Localism Act, which gives local councils and local communities in England greater powers and more control over housing and planning decisions. The Act enables the UK's biggest cities to make the case for being given new powers to promote growth and set their own distinct policies for investment.

As a result, we have seen City Deals, launched by Nick Clegg in 2011. Bristol, for example, has used new powers to create a £1bn economic development fund and create up to 40,000 new jobs. Glasgow has received £500m to boost their infrastructure and economy, which is expected to create 28,000 new jobs by 2035 and generate around £1.75bn of economic activity every year.

The Lib Dems in Government have transferred power from central government to cities and made it easier for cities to build their own economic growth. Cardiff has the chance to benefit too and help fund our universities, create jobs and apprenticeships, and help fund the South Wales Metro, but we need bold leadership and vision from the Council to ensure they bring in funding and make a real positive difference to our city.

Yours sincerely,

Jenny Willott MP