Infrastructure spend 'drop in the ocean'

30 Jun 2020
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The PM's £5 billion infrastructure spend would fill less than half of the potholes in England and Wales

The Prime Minister’s announcement of a £5 billion infrastructure spend is a ‘drop in the ocean’ that would fill less than half of the potholes in England and Wales, GMB says, 

The one-off cost of clearing the backlog on England and Wales’s pothole-ridden local roads is estimated to be £11.14 billion  

The cash injection would pay for just 25% of a new nuclear plant, based on the cost of Hinkley Point C.

Jude Brimble, GMB National Secretary, said: 

“Five billion sounds like a lot - but in infrastructure terms it’s just a drop in the ocean.

"It wouldn’t even meet half the cost of filling in the potholes in England and Wales. 

“To get our economy back on its feet we need a proper recovery plan based on sustained infrastructure spending targeted to create and keep good quality jobs.” 

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