‘New Deal’ marks a step in the right direction but more ambition needed

‘New Deal’ marks a step in the right direction

Jan Crosby, UK head of infrastructure, building and construction at KPMG, commenting on the Prime Minister’s ‘New Deal for Britain’ announced today.


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Commenting on the Prime Minister’s ‘New Deal for Britain’ announced today, Jan Crosby, UK head of infrastructure, building and construction at KPMG, said:

“Spending on infrastructure to keep the economy moving in the short term, whilst creating nationally important infrastructure assets for the long term, is a step in the right direction. Unfortunately though, the £5bn doesn’t go that far when broken down to individual projects.  The programme should be even more ambitious – much larger and focussed on other areas that also need levelling up – social housing; communities and high streets, digital infrastructure, championing accelerator infrastructure for the creation of new export industries.

“It is great to see that there is recognition that our natural heritage is part of building a sustainable web of infrastructure – across the built environment as well as the natural one.  The flocking to beaches at the end of lockdown is an indicator of the importance we put on our natural spaces.

“Going larger, broader and equally focussing on spade ready schemes will resonate with many in the sector.  Let’s use this opportunity to really transform delivery too – facilitating access to SMEs as well as solutions driven tenders, energy efficiency, new innovation and technology enabled buildings and infrastructure which make the UK the best place in the world to live and do business.”



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