UK Government 'Short-Changes' Aberdeen
Conservative MP Ross Thomson has called for a second city deal for Aberdeen in a “startling admission that the UK government has short-changed the city”, according to the SNP party.
“Ross Thomson has let the cat out of the bag – if the UK government hadn’t short-changed Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire in the City Deal then he wouldn’t need to ask for another one,” SNP MP, Kirsty Blackman, said in a statement sent to Rigzone.
“The Tories failed the North East in the Aberdeen City Region Deal – with the SNP Government providing the vast bulk of funding for it – and the Conservatives are also dragging their feet on providing any support for the North Sea industry,” she added.
The terms of the deal commit both the UK Government and Scottish Government to jointly invest up to $318 million (GBP 250 million), with Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and local partners committed to investing up to $56 million (GBP 44 million) over the next decade.
A number of projects are included as part of the deal, including the Oil and Gas Technology Centre, a digital infrastructure fund and the proposed expansion of Aberdeen Harbour.
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