Quarter Of Public Sector Projects 'Disappear'
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Quarter Of Public Sector Projects 'Disappear'

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Over a quarter of public sector projects disappeared from the most recent iteration of the British government’s construction pipeline, according to a study conducted by KPMG.

Public Sector Projects Disappearing

Their research discovered that the number of infrastructure and construction projects which were set to start fell from 3,148 in December 2014 to 2,262 in August 2015, meaning 886 projects were cancelled without explanation.

The majority of the projects which have vanished were related to the defence, justice and police sectors, which KPMG said may have been down to the effect of budget cuts to government departments which were unprotected from the latest budget cuts.

Richard Threlfall, KPMG’s UK head of infrastructure, building and construction said: “It is clear that more needs to be done to improve the consistency and accuracy of the Government’s construction pipeline. A stable pipeline would give the construction industry good visibility of future demand and the ability to plan and invest for that demand.

“It would lead to efficiencies for the Government and hence for the taxpayer. Instead we have a pipeline whose data is so incomplete, and which fluctuates so wildly and erratically that the industry can place no detailed reliance on it.”

The report also found that the value of projects where were set to be delivered between 2017 and 2020 fell by around £8.7bn from £50.2bn to £41.5bn. When broken down into separate departments, the study showed that there was a £6.7bn decrease in transport projects due to spending being already incurred in a number of ongoing projects such as Crossrail.

It also found a £2.8bn decrease in housing and regeneration projects, which KPMG attributed to the completion of Decent Homes backlog projects as well as some affordable housing projects and programmes which have been completed.

Richard Threlfall continued saying: “I hope that we will get a clearer picture in November when the Spending Review is published. But in the meantime the huge 28% drop in the number of projects included suggests some Government departments are putting projects on hold in the expectation that they get culled.

“I don’t expect we will see anything like the scale of cutback in capital programmes that the industry experienced in 2010, after the last election, but there is clearly cause for nervousness about the potential squeeze in spending.”

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