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

Trade body alarm over govt spend

NEWS

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.'