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Trade body alarm over govt spend


GOVERNMENT spending pledges on the built environment are falling by the wayside, the Construction Confederation warned this week.

Confederation chairman Roy Wakeman said in his submission to the Treasury ahead of next month's pre-budget statement: 'We had been greatly encouraged by this Government's plans for massive public sector investment following years of post-war decline.However, the pledges are not living up to expectation.'

The confederation also reopened the row over the industry's capacity to deliver the Government's programmes.

He added: 'It is ironic that at a time the Office of Government Commerce is suggesting public programmes may be at risk because of shortage of capacity, we have contractor members reporting a significant slowdown in public sector activity, with little or no new spending on roads or railways.'