0845 120 6244 Follow us on Twitter Follow us on LinkedIn

 

Allocating Resources for Economic Success

gea_logos

What our client wanted

Glasgow City Council, City of Edinburgh Council and Aberdeen City Council (the Three Cities) commissioned us to undertake this study to demonstrate the economic contribution that the cities make to the Scottish economy, and to develop the case for funding in the 2010 Spending Review. The aims of this study were to summarise the contribution made by the three cities to the Scottish economy, and to evaluate the potential impacts on the Scottish economy of (i) maintaining budgets of the cities at the current level, (ii) cutting, in real terms, the budgets of the cities, and (iii) enhancing the budgets of the cities.

Back to top of page

What we did

We used primary and desk based research in order to review and analyse the performance of the three cities and their contribution to the Scottish economy. We undertook extensive consultations with the three city authorities, as well as with relevant national agencies and leading academics. We also consulted with the Chambers of Commerce for each city in order to understand the interests of the private sector in the performance of the three cities. A detailed examination of the financial allocation systems of the three cities was also completed to inform the study findings.

Back to top of page

What difference we made

The research helped Glasgow City Council, City of Edinburgh Council and Aberdeen City Council make the case for investment in the cities, helping to demonstrate their value to the Scottish economy. It highlighted the role the Cities could play in leading Scotland out of the recession, and made a series of recommendations both strategic and specific about the need to support the three Cities financially. These included recommendations on distribution of resources and the affirmation of national cities policy and those to address specific strategic issues related to business investment, enhanced transport connectivity and infrastructure.

Back to top of page

 

« back to what we do