Richard Threlfall, KPMG’s UK head of infrastructure, building and construction comments ahead of Nick Clegg’s closing speech at today’s Lib Dem party conference:
“Infrastructure is the antidote to austerity, it’s good that the Government has got that message.
“If the Treasury wants to increase capital spending on infrastructure projects that’s great but we also need to facilitate the flow of private money into infrastructure projects. That means Government unblocking projects fast and standing up for the role of private finance and procurement in infrastructure.
“As our recent infrastructure survey* has shown the state of our country’s infrastructure is a huge concern to the majority of businesses in the UK. Businesses want three things: an overall infrastructure vision and strategy from the Government, reforms to the planning system in order to speed up investment into projects and less red tape.”
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