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Government accused of underinvestment in infrastructure

The government is lagging behind many of its targets to repair and upgrade Britain's infrastructure, said a report by the Construction Products Association.
The report, which looks at progress on government targets for building and repair of hospitals, housing, schools, roads, rail and water infrastructure, claims that the government needs to set interim 'output' targets to ensure that delivery of infrastructure does not lag behind.It points to road building targets that have slipped away, rail schemes outlined by the government for which funding has never been found and an investment in water lower than the targets set by Ofwat in 2005.It also claims that despite a 27% rise in government spending on the built environment and infrastructure since 2000 to an estimated £37bn this year, the UK was still the lowest spender as a percentage of GDP.

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