The government’s long-awaited National Infrastructure Strategy will not be published “alongside” the Budget next week as expected, so as to give Ministers more time to strengthen decarbonisation plans, according to media reports. The BBC reported that the strategy is now expected before May, with new Chancellor Rishi Sunak poised to make a number of changes to the wide-ranging plans. Former Chancellor Sajid Javid confirmed three weeks ago that the strategy would be published alongside the Budget, but sources told the BBC that the 30 year plan was being refocused to reflect a likely increase in resources and better integrate the UK’s net zero by 2050 goal. The broadcaster also reported that the long-running debate on whether to include spending to upgrade housing in the National Infrastructure Strategy was continuing. The strategy is the government’s formal response to the National Infrastructure Assessment, which was published two years ago by an independent commission and called for a sharp increase in low carbon infrastructure spending covering everything from smart grids and renewable energy projects to rail links and energy efficiency upgrades.
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Media reports today indicate that the government is to delay publication of its National Infrastructure Strategy, which was to be published alongside next week’s Budget. In response Sir John Armitt, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission said: “Naturally we are disappointed about the further delay in the government’s formal response to the National Infrastructure Assessment, which we published over 18 months ago. “However, we are encouraged by the evident focus the government wishes to place on investing in the UK’s future infrastructure. “Prioritising that investment within a long-term plan is key to success, and if a short delay leads to a better strategy that more comprehensively addresses our recommendations, it will be worth the wait.”
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