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Business leaders call on government to make infrastructure top priority

Members of the Institute of Directors rank infrastructure as highest priority following general election.

Business leaders have called on the new government to make infrastructure its priority in a survey by the Institute of Directors (IoD).

It polled 1,211 members immediately after the general election. It asked the question: thinking of your primary organisation, which of the following policy areas should be immediate priorities for the next government? Infrastructure was ranked in first place, ahead of education and health.

The survey also found that more than half of the members polled were strongly opposed to spending cuts in the infrastructure budget.

Improving broadband was polled as the most urgent infrastructure project, with 56% prioritising government investment in this. Some 55% of respondents also want the government to invest in energy generation and there was strong support for spending on railways, roads and airports over the next five years.

IoD director general Simon Walker said: “Britain needs broadband cables, runways, railways and power, and we are looking to the government to deliver them. Building a modern infrastructure network will help businesses move goods, people, products and services around the world, giving small and medium-sized companies the best chance to succeed, scale up and compete on the global stage.”

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