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Construction chief slams Labour over investment

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A CONSTRUCTION chief this week slammed the government for failing on its promise to invest in the UK's infrastructure.

'In almost every area spending is fading and targets are being missed, ' Construction Confederation chairman Trevor Walker told delegates at a Labour Party conference fringe meeting.

Walker told delegates that the industry has geared up to take on the investment with recruitment, training, product development and adoption of modern procurement practices, only to be let down by the government.

'What a waste of our industry's collective effort and resources, ' he said.

Walker cited a report produced by the Construction Product Association and released at the conference that shows the government to be behind on several key investment areas.

It concludes that:

lThe integrated ten year transport plan is in disarray, effectively abandoned lSpending levels are half of what was originally planned under the Procure 21 hospital building plan lPrime contracting to modernise Defence Estates infrastructure is way behind in implementation lScottish Water's upgrade plan has failed to materialise lNew school building is behind spending needs lHouse building is bogged down in regulation and planning issues, forcing up costs

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