Build, Build, Build – why the ‘New Deal’ for UK Recovery must go beyond infrastructure

10th July 2020

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At the end of last month, the Prime Minister announced a ‘New Deal’ for the UK, to deliver jobs, skills, and infrastructure for Britain.

As part of the deal, the Government is to invest £5bn to accelerate infrastructure projects, boost job numbers and promote economic recovery.

With Soben’s involvement in a number of significant infrastructure projects, including the high profile HS2 project, Group CEO Scott Smyth welcomed the announcement, recognising the importance of these projects in driving future economic growth.

Scott Smyth commented; “Whilst the investment in large scale infrastructure projects is extremely positive, the fact that the Government is also investing in schools and healthcare is also to be welcomed. These are the projects that will provide employment opportunities for joiners, plumbers, electricians, bricklayers, roofers etc. which are more limited on the major infrastructure projects.

“I would also like to see the Government invest in housing, to address the housing stock shortage in the UK, and to provide yet more jobs for these skilled workers.”

Read more about the full announcement here.