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KPMGAutumn Statement 2011: Government’s National Infrastructure Plan to enhance UK’s competitiveness

Richard Threlfall, head of infrastructure, building and construction at KPMG comments on the government’s national infrastructure plan: “Infrastructure investment took centre stage in the ‘autumn statement’ as the Government’s proposed antidote to lower growth forecasts and rising unemployment levels. This is a positive step toward enhancing the UK as a competitive place to do business on a global platform. In years to come this will boost UK businesses and continue to attract foreign investment and players to the UK.

“However, none of the long list of schemes reeled off with relish by the Chancellor is new in conception, but the Government’s decision to reduce revenue spending and increase capital by £5bn over the next 5 years will allow a number of schemes to go ahead which had previously been frozen by the austerity measures.

“A £20bn pension investment concept was announced as expected, but with no detail as the understanding with pension funds is at a very preliminary stage. A further £1bn for the regional growth fund will also feed through to smaller schemes in the regions, and the £400m construction fund will be a small but helpful boost to new housing starts.

“Overall the announcements are likely to be welcomed by the construction industry and project promoters, but will take time to feed through to economic growth.”

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The Business Of Health & Safety

Construction industry professionals and ICE members gathered in London in December to discuss the business case for improved health and safety in the workplace at the ICE & Costain 2011 Health & Safety Lecture.

Hosted by Costain’s Environment Managing Director, Alan Kay, speakers from Government, regulation and employers discussed whether investment in occupational health brought universal benefits to individuals, businesses and the taxpayer, and whether health and safety actually improved operational performance by reducing the propensity for accidents to happen on site.

Pictured left to right: Lawrence Waterman; Philip White; Dame Carol Black; Mike Napier, Costain Business Development Manager; Alan Kay, Costainís Environment Managing Director and Richard Coakley in Contractors_World_UKSpeakers included Dame Carol Black, Professor of Rheumatology at UCL and the first National Director for Health and Work whose Department of Works and Pensions review “Working for a Healthier Tomorrow” found that ill health amongst the working population costs the UK £100 billion a year.

Pictured left to right: Lawrence Waterman; Philip White; Dame Carol Black; Mike Napier, Costain Business Development Manager; Alan Kay, Costain’s Environment Managing Director and Richard Coakley

Also speaking was Philip White, the HSE’s Chief Inspector of Construction and formerly an advisor at the DWP, and Lawrence Waterman, the Head of Health & Safety at the Olympic Delivery Authority, who was previously Occupational Health Advisor to Heathrow Terminal 5, and a founder-member of Sypol, a risk management services company specialising in health and safety.

Commenting on the event, Alan Kay said: “I would like to thank the speakers and everyone who attended the lecture for making it a success. The health and general wellbeing of a workforce is at the forefront of what we do as a business and fostering a safe working environment is imperative for protecting all stakeholders, including employees, customers, suppliers and the general public.”

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