Alliance scotland

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Alliance Scotland is an all-party association of local authorities representing the industrial areas of Scotland. 

Presently comprised of 15 member authorities and the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Alliance Scotland works to engage with politicians and policy makers in Holyrood, and stakeholders from further afield, to protect and advance the interests of Scotland’s industrial communities. 

Alliance Scotland is committed to shaping policy and thinking in government, both in Westminster and Holyrood, to support and protect the areas it represents. 

Part of the GB-wide body, Alliance Scotland works closely with Alliance members and officers from other parts of Britain.

Recent work

✓ Alliance Scotland is working to develop a ‘Scottish dimension’ to the UK government’s Industrial Strategy

The Alliance’s industrial strategy proposals were the focus of a debate in the Scottish Parliament in 2017, chaired by the Convener of the Cross-Party Group on Industrial Communities, Colin Beattie MSP. 

Following the debate the Alliance supported a policy advisory group to produce a series of ‘asks’ of an industrial strategy, which were presented to the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Keith Brown, in 2018.

✓ Alliance Scotland is drawing attention to the UK government’s proposed UK Shared Prosperity Fund and developing principals to shape its design and delivery. 

Alliance Scotland hosted a well-attended seminar on post-Brexit regional policy in 2017, which saw industry representatives, academics and politicians come together to discuss some of the issues pertaining to the Fund. 

Building on the initial interest and momentum, in 2018 the Alliance presented five ‘key principals’ for the design of the Fund to the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work, Derek Mackay.

✓ Alliance Scotland provides secretariat support to the Cross-Party Group on Industrial Communities in the Scottish Parliament. 

Key contacts

ICA Scotland, Chair: Cllr. Altany Craik (Fife)

ICA Scotland, Vice-Chair: Cllr. Peter Henderson (South Ayrshire)

ICA Scotland, Director: Roddy MacDonald

Cross-Party Group on Industrial Communities, Convener: Colin Beattie MSP

Cross-Party Group on Industrial Communities, Deputy Convener: Alex Rowley MSP

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