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CECA: Closing productivity gap is key to delivering growth   6th December 2017

Civils contractors today said that the Government’s plans to boost productivity in the infrastructure sector will both deliver savings and drive economic growth.

The Infrastructure and Projects Authority’s Transforming Infrastructure Performance Programme (TIP) and Department for Transport’s Transport Infrastructure Efficiency Strategy (TIES), both published alongside a new £600 billion infrastructure investment pipeline, set out ambitious plans to transform infrastructure delivery over the long term to generate £15 billion worth of savings every year.

Commenting, Director of External Affairs for the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) Marie-Claude Hemming said: “The Government’s £600 billion infrastructure pipeline demonstrates it is committed to investing in infrastructure to deliver economic growth.

“Our industry is poised to deliver the infrastructure 21st century Britain will rely upon.

“At the same time, industry itself must modernise, and key to this will be solving the productivity puzzle. 

“CECA is a keen advocate of rebalancing the economy, and we believe that all nations and regions in the UK must be given the opportunity of becoming economic powerhouses in their own right.

“To this end, the Government must get spades in the ground and ensure schemes are brought forward to market without delay, particularly in underperforming regions.

“CECA believes that poor infrastructure and low skills are contributing to the productivity gap between the South East and the rest of the country.

“If the Government is to deliver strong post-Brexit growth, it is clear it must work with industry to tackle the skills shortages that are holding our economy back, and close the productivity gap for good.” 
  

 

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