Adam Cunnington, Chief Executive of Public Sector Plc, said: “The news on devolution, housing and infrastructure investment is welcome and starts to give us an idea of how this Government wants to get things done.
“Tripling the average net investment into rail and road, affordable housing, broadband and research provides a very credible platform from which this Government can start to pursue its agenda to level up the British economy and invest more in regions outside of London.
“However, much of the detail of how this money will be spent will not be revealed until the delayed National Infrastructure Strategy has been published.
“To maximise the impact of this the National Infrastructure Strategy must ensure that these investments take a joined-up, integrated approach so that spending on rail and road unlocks opportunities to build new affordable homes close to transport infrastructure where new homes will unlock the most opportunities for people.
“To this end it makes sense to invest much more than £1.1bn in Housing Infrastructure Fund to build homes in areas of high demand.
“While the creation of a new West Yorkshire Mayor is another positive step on the way to more local devolution the most crucial issue facing local authorities is the uncertainty over their funding and we really need to get this done as soon as possible so that councils can make plans for local public services that communities need.
“We look forward to finding out more detail on the National Infrastructure Strategy and the Spending Review in the coming months and in the meantime working hard with our council and housing association partners to get things done.”