East of England conference to debate Government funding

June 24 2015  

East of England conference to debate Government funding
Cambridge Union Society’s debating chamber will host a lively CIHT discussion on Thursday as to whether Government can deliver on its manifesto commitments under current funding levels.
 
The debate forms the centrepiece of CIHT East of England Region’s Cambridge Conference 2015, titled ‘Do the politics match the needs?’ Taking part in the debate will be Steve Kent of Clwydian Consulting, Andrew Hugill of CIHT, John Faulkner of Amey and Mike Archer of Toppesfield.
 
The motion to be proposed by Steve Kent and seconded by Andrew Hugill is: ‘This House believes that this Government’s manifesto commitments and future programme cannot be delivered under current funding levels’. John Faulkner will oppose the motion, seconded by Mike Archer.
 
Earlier in the day CIHT President Sue Sharland is to deliver a keynote address on how transport can address political aims. Department for Transport’s Stephen Fidler is to discuss local transport funding and Kier Group’s highways operations director Joe Burns will spell out what investors need before they commit to investing in transportation.
 
Seats are still available and those wishing to attend should email conferences@ciht.org.uk or call 0207 336 1561.
 
Last year’s Cambridge Conference heard a robust discussion about the merits and drawbacks of Government policy. A proposal that the current emphasis on capital investment in public sector infrastructure – alongside an ever tightening squeeze on regular maintenance – is the right approach in the current financial circumstances was defeated by a vote of 53 against and 22 in favour.

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