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How the report was produced

The specially chosen panel of sector experts, chaired by Institution of Civil Engineers' president Joe Dwyer, has assessed the current state of the UK's infrastructure and compared it to where it was six months ago.

A brief summary of the condition and current government policies is prepared for each sector along with a list of vital actions necessary to improve the situation.

Each sector is awarded a grade between A+ and E- to reflect the current state of the infrastructure and degree of commitment by government. The degree of improvement over the last six months is also noted and represented by an arrow - up being 'getting better' down being 'getting worse'.

An assessment is also made of the environmental sustainability of each sector and another grade awarded. This grading takes into account both the actions being taken in that particular sector and the underlying sustainability of policies in that area.

The report card will once again be sent to all Members of Parliament, senior civil servants, local government officials, other key decision makers and of course the national media to give the facts needed to help them form opinions and policies on the infrastructure.

Feedback from this process in the past has been very positive, with the card welcomed as a snapshot on the nation.

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