Cities and their regions play a central role in driving economic growth. The Scottish Government is committed to working individually and collectively with Scotland's cities to optimise that growth for the benefit of the whole of Scotland.

Our Strategy

Our strategy is set out in the Agenda for Cities, "Scotland's Cities: Delivering for Scotland", which established the Scottish Cities Alliance, a partnership of Scotland's 7 cities ( Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth and Stirling) and the Scottish Government. The Agenda for Cities launched in 2011.

We are planning to refresh the strategy in 2016 and as part of that process we will be holding the Cities Convention 13 November 2015 in Perth. The Convention will bring citizens and policymakers together to enable better understanding, improved policy and greater empowerment of communities.

Scottish Cities Alliance

The Scottish Cities Alliance, aims to attract investment and jobs into our cities. In April 2014 the Alliance approved City Investment Plans which set out proposals for £10 billion of infrastructure investment.

This is the first time that Scotland's cities have presented a complementary and ambitious investment pipeline. The Alliance is now working nationally and internationally to deliver the investments using the Investment Prospectus which was launched in October 2014.

In June 2015 the Deputy First Minister announced the first major investment from the Scottish Cities Alliance Investment Prospectus.

The £30 million Mill Quarter development in Perth city centre is expected to create more than 150 jobs and over 350 construction and supply jobs, while attracting over 300,000 visitors every year.

City Deals

In August 2014 the Scottish Government committed over £500 million over 20 years to the Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal. This is the first deal of its kind in Scotland and is an agreement between the UK Government, the Scottish Government and the eight local authorities across Glasgow and Clyde Valley.

As well as creating a £1.13 billion infrastructure investment fund, the local authorities estimate that the Deal will deliver around 29,000 jobs in the city region and lever in an estimated £3.3 billion of private sector investment.

The Scottish Government will work with any Scottish City considering a deal to make a strong joint approach to the UK Government and through the Scottish Cities Alliance, we are exploring mechanisms to unlock investment in all of Scotland's cities.

City Statistics

Access statistics for Scotland’s cities.


Sharon Miller, Cities Team, 6th Floor, 5 Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw, Glasgow, G2 8LU, tel: 0300 244 1170, email: