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£50m Town Centre Fund Launched, Local Authority Allocations Announced

Scottish Government – A £50 million fund to help boost town centres has been launched.

The Town Centre Fund, which has been set up in partnership with COSLA, is supporting councils to ensure their high streets are more diverse, sustainable and successful in the face of changing and evolving retail patterns.

Read also: Phil Prentice: How to Make £50 Million for Scotland’s Town Centres Go a Long Way

It will be for local authorities to allocate this fund against the themes of the Town Centre Action Plan.

The money will fund a wide range of investments which will make town centres more vibrant, enterprising, and accessible.

This could include the re-purposing of empty buildings for housing or social and community enterprises.

Speaking as he announced the launch of the fund, Economy Secretary Derek Mackay said:

“Town centres are facing challenges across Scotland in adapting to a changing retail climate, and it is important that we help them to diversify and adjust to overcome these challenges.

“I want to make sure we can keep life in our high streets, and ensure they continue to be thriving places for communities to live, work and enjoy.

“This £50 million fund will enable local authorities to stimulate and support a wide range of investments which will encourage town centres to diversify and flourish, and create an increase in footfall through local improvements and partnerships.

“It is part of a wider boost to the economy through providing more than £5 billion of capital investment to grow and modernise Scotland’s infrastructure, and a wider package of support to businesses, including maintaining a competitive business rates package and providing the most generous package of non-domestic rates reliefs anywhere in the UK.”

Councillor Steven Heddle, COSLA’s Environment and Economy Spokesperson said:  “Local Economic Development drives so much of the other vital things that Councils do on behalf of our Communities.  This was a message we promoted as part of our essential services campaign ahead of this year’s budget.  We were clear that inclusive growth must be supported through investment in Local Government.

“We welcome today’s announcement of the £50 million for investment in our towns and we will continue to work with Scottish Government on our shared priority of Inclusive Growth and growing Scotland’s Economy.”

Background

DISTRIBUTION OF TOWN CENTRE FUND CAPITAL GRANT 2019-20

The Town Centre Fund Capital Grant offer per local authority is set out below:

Local Authority Allocation
Aberdeen City £          1,351,000
Aberdeenshire £          3,286,000
Angus £          1,080,000
Argyll and Bute £          1,242,000
City of Edinburgh £          2,613,000
Clackmannanshire £              683,000
Dumfries and Galloway £          1,529,000
Dundee City £              735,000
East Ayrshire £          1,701,000
East Dunbartonshire £              944,000
East Lothian £          1,275,000
East Renfrewshire £              981,000
Falkirk £          1,976,000
Fife £          4,335,000
Glasgow City £          3,010,000
Highland £          2,965,000
Inverclyde £              660,000
Midlothian £              910,000
Moray £          1,233,000
Na h-Eileanan Siar £              223,000
North Ayrshire £          1,418,000
North Lanarkshire £          3,250,000
Orkney Islands £              200,000
Perth and Kinross £          1,983,000
Renfrewshire £          1,459,000
Scottish Borders £          1,421,000
Shetland Islands £              205,000
South Ayrshire £          1,064,000
South Lanarkshire £          2,506,000
Stirling £          1,077,000
West Dunbartonshire £              859,000
West Lothian £          1,826,000
Scotland £        50,000,000

Source: Scottish Government