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Scotland’s cities join together in call for new powers

Leader of Perth and Kinross Council Ian Miller.
Leader of Perth and Kinross Council Ian Miller.

Scotland’s seven cities have joined together to call for a new working relationship with the UK and Scottish governments to allow them to reach their full economic potential.

As part of delivering Scotland’s Seven Cities: A Shared Vision for Scotland’s Success, they have published a new report entitled Empowering City Government.

The report sets out a range of fiscal and non-fiscal levers that if devolved under a new deal for Scottish cities would allow them to compete effectively with other cities at home and abroad.

Among those backing the call was Councillor Ian Miller, leader of the administration for Perth and Kinross Council, who said: “I have stressed to my counterparts in the Scottish Cities Alliance the need for a radical approach to be taken to allow us to deliver the ambitions we have for our cities and wider regions.

“I am pleased that today the council leaders for the seven cities are coming together to call for the new powers which are required in areas like local taxation, and to ensure greater co-operation and joint working across all public sector agencies.

“Those new power will be essential if we are to achieve the prosperous and successful society for the Scottish people which we aspire to.”

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