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Little sense to artificially constrain NIC's budget

Date: 25/11/2016

Planning magazine reports that this week's Autumn Statement unveiled a "fiscal remit" designed to ensure that the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) takes on board wider economic signals in putting together "realistic and affordable" recommendations for upgrading the nation's vital services.

The Planning Officers Society's National Significant Infrastructure Specialist Michael Wilks told a Planning reporter that it makes little sense to "artificially constrain" the NIC's nominal budget, "especially when infrastructure is funded by a complex mix of public and private sources". Instead, Wilks said, the commission should be asked to use a recognised methodological approach to establish value for money from particular projects and then set out its view on their affordability.

"The commission should be clear on prioritisation, so the government can take forward projects that are affordable in order of priority," he added.

MichaelWilks.jpg Michael Wilks

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