Chancellor curbs Whitehall spending in favour of ‘shovel ready’ projects
December 4 2012
Whitehall departments (excluding health, education and international development) will be told to shave 1% from their budgets next year and a further 2% from their budgets the following year to release £5bn for schools, science and transport.
Welcoming the news Construction Products Association chief exec Diana Montgomery said, ‘Government has grasped the importance and the need for improved infrastructure as part of the solution for growth. It is vital that the Chancellor focuses on capital investment in ‘shovel ready’ repair and maintenance projects that are quick to get off the ground with framework contracts and planning already in place.
“Current spending, such as spending on welfare and pensions, is set to rise from £629 billion to £674 billion by 2013/14, yet government is cutting capital investment, by 21% over the same period, even though independent economic research shows that for every £1 invested in construction, the economy benefits by £3.”
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