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David Cameron promises 'all-out mission' to revive construction

The government is “on an all-out mission” to unblock funding, planning and regulation to get critical construction projects underway, the Prime Minister said today.

Writing in the Financial Times, David Cameron said “getting construction projects off the ground is critical” in terms of job creation, as he revealed a “three-pronged plan” to revive Britain’s economy.

In terms of future productivity, this infrastructure deficit is as serious as our budget deficit. In terms of job creation today, getting construction projects off the ground is critical.

David Cameron

Mr Cameron said Chancellor George Osborne’s autumn statement on November 29, will reveal how the government will go about its mission.

The Prime Minister wrote:  “In the run-up to that statement, our focus is on updating our infrastructure. This year the UK came 28th in international rankings.

“In terms of future productivity, this infrastructure deficit is as serious as our budget deficit. In terms of job creation today, getting construction projects off the ground is critical.

“Too often projects get hobbled by planning restrictions, funding blockages or regulatory burdens.  So this autumn the government is on an all-out mission to unblock the system and get projects underway.”

Mr Cameron also made reference to 1,150 construction jobs created after the government backed plans for two new power stations in Yorkshire.

“Over this autumn, you can expect to hear many more such announcements,” he added.

The Prime Minister also said the Chancellor will set out more detail on plans for credit easing.

Mr Cameron’s comments come less than a fortnight after Rob Holden, the chairman of High Speed 1, called for stronger backing for HS2 from government heavyweights in an interview with CN.

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