An additional £2 billion of projects to help Scotland lead the world in the transition to a net zero economy have been unveiled by Infrastructure Secretary Michael Matheson. They are part of the Scottish Government’s £33 billion spending plan for public infrastructure schemes like roads, hospitals, schools and digital connectivity over the next five years. It is estimated that 45,000 jobs will be supported by the measures in the plan for 2021/22-2025/26, as the economy seeks to recover from the impact of lockdown.
Scotsman 4th Feb 2021 read more »
Today’s publication of the final version of the Infrastructure Investment Plan today has proven yet again though that while the Scottish Government likes to talk about its concern about the climate crisis and its ambition to reach net zero by 2045, it is unwilling to take any meaningful action. Not only has the Scottish Government failed to reassess the road-building programme, but the list of road projects has grown between the draft and final Plan. This is not only disappointing but also casts doubt on the Government’s commitment to its only recently announced 20% traffic reduction target. The committed transport spend in the document adds up to: £2.38 billion low-carbon transport; £6.96 billion high-carbon transport.
Transform Scotland 4th Feb 2021 read more »