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Tell us your spending priorities

Peter Hansford

ICE is seeking members views on what it should put in its next Budget submission.

Each year ICE makes a subission to HM Treasury setting out the Institution’s views on priorities for that spring’s budget. 

Many of the proposals we have made in previous years have been put into place, including the creation of the UK’s first National Infrastructure Plan (NIP). 

When the Prime Minister launched the NIP last October he put it firmly in the context of the need to drive long term economic growth.

We therefore intend this year’s ICE Budget submission to focus on how civil engineering and the infrastructure it creates and maintains can deliver value to the UK economy in both the short and long term - and the action government can take to help unlock these benefits. 

Since I became President, I’ve been delighted to see how many members are contributing to our thinking in this area - not least through all the work of the independent stakeholder reference group ICE put in place to support Treasury’s recent study into the costs of delivering major infrastructure projects in the UK.

Crucial period

However at this crucial period for economic recovery the Institution would like to hear the views of any member on what we should be pressing for in the 2011 Budget. 

Important areas where new ideas would be welcome include, de-risking infrastructure projects to make them more attractive for private investment, incentivising better management of existing assets and supporting the development of the engineering skills required to deliver the very challenging investment programme over the
next decade. 

We also can’t ignore the huge long term challenge of delivering an 80% reduction in the nation’s carbon emissions by 2050 - which for our industry, means we must innovate and find new ways of doing new things.

  • Peter Hansford is ICE President
  • If you would like to input your views, please email: policy@ice.org.uk by Friday 18 February. 
    Your thoughts and comments will be considered by ICE’s policy panel, which oversees our policy development and will decide on priorities for the Budget submission.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Continue to update the road infrastructure, particularly by improving bottlenecks such as the section of the A14 between Cambridge & Huntingdon. This type of infrastructure improvement will not only have economic benefits, that might well make them self financing to the economy as a whole, but will also greatly improve the quality of life for all those affected.

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