To accompany an independent review carried out by Actica Consulting for the UK Government and Welsh Government, the City Deal’s Joint Committee commissioned the internal review itself.

Cllr Rob Stewart, Joint Committee Chairman, says the internal review was commissioned to ensure the City Deal’s governance is sufficiently robust.

This, he says, will help deliver the investment programme as soon as possible for the benefit of businesses and residents throughout South West Wales.

Cllr Stewart said: “This review was carried out alongside the UK Government and Welsh Government independent review of the City Deal programme, and sought to assure that the City Deal will deliver full economic benefits for the region.

“The findings and recommendations of the internal review will be formally considered by the City Deal's Joint Committee at its next meeting.

“Looking to ensure governance is as robust as possible reflects that we’re still in the very early stages of a 15-year programme, but we’re ready to support any recommendations that would benefit the region’s economic prosperity in future by speeding up the City Deal’s delivery.”

The Swansea Bay City Deal is worth £1.8 billion and over 9,000 high-quality jobs to the economy of the Swansea Bay City Region, which is made up of Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire and Swansea.

Internal review link