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Ian Brinkley

Why is the government waiting until 2016 to invest in social housing and roads?

Authors: Ian Brinkley Ian Brinkley

27 June 2013

Responding to today’s infrastructure statement, Ian Brinkley, director of The Work Foundation, said:

"The infrastructure statement is a welcome announcement of the government’s long-term commitment to public investment. However, there is a disconnect between the figures for planned public sector gross investment published yesterday (which show a small real terms fall of just under 2% comparing 2014-15 and 2015-2016) and these longer term ambitions.

“If there is a sound economic argument to invest more in social housing and road maintenance from 2016-2017 onwards, it must make just as much sense to invest in these projects from 2014-2015 onwards. Giving local authorities the means to tackle the poor repair of our roads now will create many “shovel ready” projects, generating much needed jobs in construction and related sectors, and help save future maintenance bills.”


Notes to Editors:

  1. Ian Brinkley is available for interviews, briefings and written comment. 
  2. The Work Foundation aims to be the leading independent, international authority on work and its future. The Work Foundation is part of Lancaster University – an alliance that enables both organisations to further enhance their impact.