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Think tank pushes UK government on infrastructural planning

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Staff Writer | December 2, 2017
British infrastructure
Britain   The "systemic" issues

A think tank made suggestions to the UK government in relation to what it termed the "systemic" issues in infrastructural investment decision-making which is "inconsistent and subject to constant change".

"New projects are dreamt up, reframed, scrapped and reinvented, seemingly with little consideration of long-term objectives. This results in uncertainty, delays and increased costs for taxpayers and consumers", the Institute for Government said in a report entitled "How to design an infrastructure strategy for the UK."

In response to what it termed a lack of "continuous and disruptive policy change" as a result of a lack of "credible evidence base and long-term approach" the IfG suggested that the National Infrastructure Commission should become an executive non-departmental public body.

The NIC was founded in 2015 to provide independent strategical thinking and analysis to support the long-term UK infrastructural needs.

In turn, the NIC commissioners should be chosen by the government to ensure "suitable professional and geographical balance."

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