Wednesday 4 March 2020

Big bangs for big bucks

Making a success of the Budget’s £100bn infrastructure plan

Wednesday 4 March, 9.30-10.45am, Resolution Foundation offices, Westminster

The government wants to make ‘levelling up’ the country its defining mission – and it’s first big tool for making that happen will come at the Budget with the Chancellor expected to announce up to £100 billion of new capital spending. Our national infrastructure needs updating, our geographic divides need closing and the cost of borrowing is historically low. And yet scepticism abounds over how much difference any of this will make.

What should be the priorities for the new infrastructure plan? How should we balance the hot topics of transport links and broadband speeds with the need for new homes and action on climate change?  How should we rethink our approach to public investment so that reaches all parts of Britain? And what would it take to combine the government’s big-spending ambition with value-for-money delivery?

At an event at its Westminster offices, the Resolution Foundation will present the key findings from its latest research on what it will take to make a success of the new ambition for infrastructure spending. A panel of experts will then discuss how the Chancellor should approach the issue in his forthcoming Budget, and ensure that it’s benefits flows to the whole of the UK.