Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to the newest version of your browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of Construction News, please enable cookies in your browser.

Welcome to the Construction News site. As we have relaunched, you will have to sign in once now and agree for us to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Government missing targets despite increased investment

Many of the government’s own targets are still being missed or have been severely down graded, according to a report released today by the Construction Products Association.

Many of the government’s own targets are still being missed or have been severely down graded, according to a report released today by the Construction Products Association.

The report ‘Achievable targets, is Government delivering’ highlights the facts that the Building Schools for the Future programme is already behind schedule, that the Government has failed to deliver a promised 25 per cent cut in the repair backlog on the NHS estate, which has grown by 19 per cent to £3.7 billion and that the construction of new and improved roads is at its lowest for a quarter of a century.

“Despite the enormous amounts of money now going into our schools, hospitals and other public works, the government’s targets in many cases are being missed,” said John Colley, president of the Association.

“The government must provide a long-term framework for its programmes, which should include clear targets for what the investment is intended to deliver, backed up by regular and reliable monitoring of progress achieved. This should include the prompt delivery of existing commitments.

“The Association believes the government has a great opportunity to build on the gains that have been achieved but stresses the importance for the government to ensure its commitment to deliver improved services is translated to work on the ground and that the vision becomes a reality.”