Published 10 December 2021

West Dunbartonshire Council will play a part in delivering on an ambitious plan to make the Glasgow City Region the most innovative, inclusive and resilient economy in the UK by 2030.

A new regional economic strategy has been developed in partnership with the eight councils who are part of the Glasgow City Region, as well as government partners.

The strategy, which was launched this week, sets out current and future economic challenges for the area as well as identifying how resources should be prioritised.

It will have a profound impact on wider public sector policy, decision-making and spend over the next ten years for area’s 1.8 million residents and 50,000 businesses.

It is the result of months of extensive research with input from councils, government agencies, local universities, the business and third sectors.

It is underpinned by an in-depth analysis of the Region’s strengths and the challenges faced both collectively and individually by the eight council areas of Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire.

The strategy looks at work to address the climate emergency, including managing the risk of rising sea levels, flooding, coastal erosion and heatwaves. As part of this work, there will be support for businesses to improve efficiency, productivity and competitiveness, and support for individuals to access job opportunities arising from the transition to net zero.

Work will also be undertaken to tackle underlying drivers of deprivation, including rising underemployment, in order to create a much more inclusive economy.

Action will also be taken to address the issue of low productivity in local economies, by growing the number of businesses per capital and business Research and Development spend.

West Dunbartonshire Council Leader, Councillor Jonathan McColl, said: “Addressing the climate emergency is a key commitment for West Dunbartonshire Council so I am pleased to see that it also sits at the heart of the Glasgow City Region economic strategy, including the proposals underway for an ambitious regional housing energy retrofit programme, which will ensure that all aspects of our built environment are adapted in the race to net zero. We are delighted work with all partners to deliver this new ambitious Regional Economic Strategy.”