Mar 5, 2020
Government delays Budget infrastructure plan
The long-awaited National Infrastructure Strategy is to be further delayed, and not released next week as expected, the BBC understands. The strategy is seen as crucial to the government's plan to "Level up" regional disparities. After the recent High Court ruling over Heathrow, which found expansion plans had failed to adequately account for policies on climate change, some experts say the government needs to look again at the impact of environmental policy within the provision of infrastructure. The strategy is also the government's formal response to a now two-year-old National Infrastructure Assessment, which was the product of an impartial commission set up when David Cameron was prime minister. Publication of the National Infrastructure Strategy should now be expected before May, sources have suggested to the BBC. The Budget is still expected to include some green lights for high profile infrastructure projects, but the main move in this area will be to set the overall big numbers on capital spending.
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