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The CBI is urging the Government to act now and use this Spending Round to lay the groundwork for the UK’s long-term future.
The COVID crisis makes it even more important that the Government takes key decisions and implements its strategy on the ground, ensuring public investment catalyses wider business investment and confidence. Delay is not an option.
The key priorities for the upcoming Spending Round include: establishing the UK as a global innovation superpower, stimulating nationwide investment and upskilling generations of workers, says the CBI.
CBI recommendations (see attached PDF for full list) include a range of measures designed to invest in people, accelerate innovation and build infrastructure to deliver a net-zero economy and reinvigorate the levelling-up agenda. Build, build, build now needs to be delivered on the ground.
Recommendations fall into three key areas, and include:
Establish the UK as an innovation superpower delivering investment for growth
Deliver on build, build, build to connect regions and accelerate our low carbon transition
Invest in human capital to create a workforce ready for the future
Rain Newton-Smith, CBI Chief Economist, said: “The pandemic has created huge economic challenges, and the crisis is far from over, yet the Government ought not to lose sight of the UK’s long-term priorities and the urgent need to deliver them on the ground.
“If the Government takes decisions and sets out its strategy then business can invest in the critical infrastructure, training, and innovation needed to support jobs and living standards across the UK.
“The Spending Round provides an opportunity to invest in a long-term vision for the economy, which means moving forward with levelling-up ambitions and working towards a net-zero economy.
“The next six months is a chance to invest in our future. Business will look to Government to deliver a platform of investment and opportunity which enables a swift recovery and a brighter future as Britain builds back better.”
Photo credit: CBI
This article first appeared on www.railbusinessdaily.com
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