14 August 2014

The Core Cities Group has expanded its membership beyond England for the first time in its history.

Leader of Sheffield City Council, Cllr Julie Dore said: “All eight of the English Core Cities are pleased to welcome Glasgow into the group. The need to drive urban economies and to compete on an international scale is common to all the cities.

“We have already stated the case for improving the transport links between the major cities to enhance the nation’s economy. By working together to create better economic and employment policies, we will create more jobs and growth in our cities”

The Core Cities led the first wave of City Deals, bespoke packages of power and resource devolved to cities initially in England. Glasgow is the first non-English city to announce a City Deal with the UK Government, for a programme of infrastructure investment valued at £1.13 billion. Glasgow and seven other neighbouring local authorities will benefit from the City Deal.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council added: “This is a highly significant moment as Glasgow takes her rightful place alongside our sister cities in England at the forefront of efforts to expand and re-balance the British economy. Glasgow has more in common with cities like Liverpool and Manchester than we do with most of Scotland.

“Arguing over which powers should be held by Holyrood or Westminster is a sterile distraction. Power and resources should be transferred from both parliaments to city-regions if we’re serious about creating jobs. Both nation-building centralisers and austerity-obsessives undermine economic growth.

“The future is urban and metropolitan cities the world-over are the powerhouses of the economy. For the first time in human history the majority of the world’s population live in cities, a figure set to rise to 75 percent by 2050.”

Glasgow shares the attributes and criteria associated with other Core Cities: a critical economic hub at the centre of a bigger city region; diverse sectoral growth and skills within its labour market; containing a set of assets, infrastructure and institutions that underpin growth; a large population; and at the heart of a city region which has a coherent governance structure and is a prime driver of growth and employment at scale across a much larger geography.

Glasgow’s urban area delivers 33.1 percent of the Scottish economy and is home to 1,790,500 people, which when combined with the 27 percent of the English economy delivered by Core Cities urban areas and their residents, equates to 24.6 percent of the UK economy (27.0 percent of the English and Scottish economy combined) and 27.5 percent of the UK population (29.7 percent of the combined English and Scottish population).

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Notes for editors:

The Core Cities consist of: Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield.

The Core Cities are a unique and united local authority voice to promote the role of their cities in driving economic growth. They represent the councils of England’s eight largest city economies outside London and Scotland’s largest city. The Core Cities Group has a track record of 15 years as a cross party group, led by the City Leaders and Mayors. For more information please visit http://www.corecities.com

For further information please contact Warwick Toone, Media Relations Officer on 0114 205 3546 or 07764 659182. E-mail: warwick.toone@sheffield.gov.uk. For out of office hours media enquiries ring 07711 153995.

Core Cities media contacts:–
Chris Murray, Core Cities
c.murray@corecities.com / 0161 234 5666 / 07780 664257

Alex Linden, Westbourne Communications
Alex.linden@westbournecoms.com / 020 3397 1874

Colin Edgar, Glasgow City Council
colin.edgar@glasgow.gov.uk / 01412870901 / 07765220745