“Clegg sounds new economic tone” – Financial Times

Today’s Financial Times reports:

The ruling UK coalition is preparing a “massive” increase in state-backed investment in housing and infrastructure, as Nick Clegg signalled a shift from lurid warnings by ministers about the debt crisis to a fresh emphasis on growth…

The Treasury could now use its balance sheet to underwrite housing and infrastructure schemes and to tackle youth unemployment.

He said some were “neurotic” about using the state balance sheet to assume additional risks on housing, transport and other projects and hinted that officials in the Treasury were hesitant. “From the top of government, a few weeks ago we decided this was the route we’re going to take. That’s the instruction we’ve issued to the Treasury,” he said.

Or in other words, the government’s hunt for a more effective alternative to PFI (i.e. a way of getting investment without hitting the government’s books in the short run) has taken another twist, adding to the pension funds initiative.

2 responses to ““Clegg sounds new economic tone” – Financial Times”

  1. The housing `kick-start' launched by the DPM is exactly what is needed to rejuvenate the construction economy and to provide jobs.But local community views are important to understand and should not be totally ignored by the Council, when plans on important heritage sites are made, such as `Walthamstow Greyhound Stadium'.The new Localism Act will allow new `Neighbourhood Plans' to be written by our local residents.

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