Swinney outlines further shovel-ready projects
A programme of infrastructure projects worth over £800 million could get underway across Scotland now if the UK Government reverses some of its cuts to capital and invests in growth, John Swinney said today.
The Finance Secretary has today published an updated list of "shovel-ready" projects that could be delivered before the end of 2013 -14, maximising opportunities to create jobs and growth.
Writing to the Chancellor ahead of the Autumn Statement Mr Swinney has called on the UK Government to provide an immediate targeted boost to capital investment to protect the recovery in the short term and provide the infrastructure necessary to facilitate long term economic growth.
This follows a 33 per cent cut to Scotland’s capital budget by the UK Government.
The list of projects focuses on transport, economic development projects, regeneration, further education, health and sport including:
- Clyde Gateway: Office and Industrial Developments for Economic Growth
- Upgrading A68 Pathhead to Tynehead Junction
- NHS Grampian Inverurie Health Centre and Community Maternity Unit
These projects could support thousands of jobs in the Scottish economy and many have already received planning consent. However, with UK Government cuts to the Scottish Government’s capital budget having a severe effect, funding for such projects is not yet available.
Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Economic Growth John Swinney said:
"Scotland’s budget for construction and maintenance projects is being cut by 33 per cent by the UK Coalition Government in a failed attempt to reduce public sector borrowing and while we are investing what we can in economic recovery in Scotland there is much more to do.
"Too many households are still struggling and too many people find themselves out of work.
"I have asked the Chancellor to significantly increase Scotland’s level of capital investment in his Autumn Statement to boost our future prosperity. This would provide much needed work to Scottish construction sector and boost local economies all over Scotland.
"If these projects could get under way now, rather than being delayed, they would play a major part in helping to tackle unemployment. Capital investment is central to the Scottish Government’s economic strategy, with every additional £100 million of capital spending estimated to support around 1,400 jobs in the Scottish economy.
"The Scottish Government is doing all it can within its current powers. We have set out further investment in construction, skills and the green economy in our draft budget. Only last month we announced details of an additional £40 million of investment for affordable housing.
"This highlights the limitations of the current constitutional arrangements, in particular our inability to borrow. That means work is delayed while we await the green light from Westminster.
"With the full fiscal and economic powers of independence Scotland could create the best possible environment for economic success."
Projects and total Scottish Government funding
- A96 Threapland £6.0m
- A68 Pathhead to Tynehead Junction £11.0m
- A95 Lackgie £4.0m
- A702 Candymill Bend and Edmonstone Brae £4.0m
- Trunk Road maintenance £34.0m
- Cycling infrastructure projects £3.9m
- Ferry port infrastructure £5.7m
- Canal infrastructure projects: Regeneration and Tourism £6.3m
TRANSPORT TOTAL (8) £74.9m
- Highlands and Islands Enterprise: economic development projects £9.8m
- Scottish Enterprise: economic development projects £40.4m
- Port of Leith masterplanning £119.0m
- VisitScotland: investment in Visitor Centre infrastructure, including Glasgow Visitor Information Centre £1.3m
- Roslin International Centre for Livestock Improvement £10.0m
ENTERPRISE TOTAL (5) £180.5m
- Forestry projects: access, road infrastructure and buildings refurbishment £6.2m
- National Parks: developing the rural economy £12.4m
- Scottish Natural Heritage: co-location Fort William £0.2m
RURAL AND ENVIRONMENT TOTAL (3) £18.8m
- Scottish Court Service: estate improvement, essential maintenance and statutory compliance £8.4m
- Upgrading the Safety Camera Network £2.4m
- Affordable Housing Supply Programme: additional grant funding £40.0m HOUSING TOTAL (1) £40.0m
- Clyde Gateway: Office and Industrial Developments for Economic Growth £63.4m Irvine Enterprise Area: Infrastructure and Innovation Campus, and Irvine Ailsa Road Industrial Units £5.9m
- Ardrossan Quayside and Medical Centre £4.7m
REGENERATION TOTAL (3) £74.0m
- National Theatre of Scotland: Glasgow regeneration project £2.0m
- Works to Historic Scotland’s estate £1.4m National Museums of Scotland: maintenance £3.6m
- Creative Scotland: grants programme £1.5m
CULTURE AND HERITAGE TOTAL (4) £8.5m
- College projects: targeted investment in priority estates £65.0m
FURTHER AND HIGHER EDUCATION TOTAL (1)£65.0m
- Health: backlog maintenance/equipment replacement £75.0m
- Health: bring forward projects through capital funding projects currently earmarked for revenue funding £188.9m
- NHS Highland Renal and Endoscopy £2.0m
- NHS Highland Day Services £15.0m
- NHS Grampian Inverurie Health Centre and Community Maternity Unit £7.0m
- NHS Grampian: Aboyne Health Centre £2.0m
- NHS Grampian: Stonehaven Health Centre £2.0m
- NHS Grampian: additional theatre capacity £3.0m
- NHS Lanarkshire: Monklands – additional backlog investment £10.0m
- NHS Tayside: additional theatre capacity – Ninewells £3.0m
- NHS Tayside: intensive care unit upgrade £1.0m
HEALTH TOTAL (11) £308.9m
20 x 3G Pitches £6.0m
- National Sporting Facilities £2.0m
- School Investment £5.0m
- Community Hub investment £3.0m
- Sports legacy projects £23.6m
SPORT TOTAL (5) £39.6m
TOTAL CAPITAL INVESTMENT (43) £820.8m
These projects could start work in either 2012-13 or 2013-14 if additional capital allocations were made available now. All of these projects have either completed the necessary planning and procurement processes or could get underway in 2013-14 if consented.