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Government misses infrastructure targets

THE GOVERNMENT is lagging behind many of its targets to repair and upgrade Britain's infrastructure, says a report by Construction Products Association (CPA) this week.

The report, Achievable targets - is the government delivering? examines progress on government targets for the building and repair of hospitals, housing, schools, roads, rail and water infrastructure.

It says that the government needs to set interim 'output' targets to ensure that delivery of infrastructure is not delayed.

The report points to road building targets that have slipped away, rail schemes outlined by the government for which funding has never been found and investment in water lower than the targets set by Ofwat in 2005.

'There are still too many public facilities in a very poor state of repair, which considering we are one of the wealthiest economies in the world is completely unacceptable, ' said CPA chief executive Michael Ankers.

The report 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.

The report by the Construction Products Association can be found at www. constprod. org. uk.

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