Historic moment as Core Cities welcome Glasgow into their group

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has welcomed news that Glasgow is joining the Core Cities, expanding its membership beyond England for the first time in its history.

Liverpool led England’s Core Cities in negotiating the first wave of City Deals – bespoke packages of power and resources devolved from the UK Government.

Glasgow recently became the first non-English city to announce a City Deal with Whitehall, 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 said: “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 many parts 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% by 2050.”

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “Glasgow is a great city and Liverpool has far more similarities with it than either of us does with London or Edinburgh.

“True devolution happens when those who can make a real difference to people’s lives, like myself and Gordon, are given the authority, powers and money to build economies which give people what they need – jobs and security.

“I very much welcome the addition of Glasgow to the Core Cities and know they will make a valuable contribution to our campaign to promote the role of cities in growth.”

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