Martin Ford 22 September 2021

Government advisers press for funding overhaul

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The body charged with advising ministers on infrastructure has said competitive funding pots should be replaced.

A report published today by the National Infrastructure Commission recommended a cull of funding streams for transport, reducing the number from about 15 to two.

It proposed that local authorities outside London should be enabled to spend £6bn annually over the next five years on transport infrastructure.

Writing for The MJ, commissioner Bridget Rosewell said this would enable long-term infrastructure strategies to be developed and delivered locally.

This would mirror the multi-year funding settlements currently reserved for mayoral combined authorities with responsibility for transport.

Ms Rosewell said: ‘Levelling up cannot be done from Whitehall.

'Every English town faces a different set of challenges and opportunities and local leaders are best placed to develop strategies to address these.

‘Competing against other councils for multiple pots of cash creates a focus on the short-term, continual uncertainty and burns up staff time.’

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