The Government’s ‘Red Book’ indicates that from 2018-19 to 2023-24, capital spending will grow at an average of 3.4% a year – this increase is set to be evenly spread across departments. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond, set out details of the Government’s plans in the Budget 2019 announcement.
Funding boosts to public services
The “indicative five-year path” outlined in the ‘Red Book’ sets out a series of funding boosts to public services, including both in-year and longer-term allocations. This could lead to tender opportunities throughout the UK, which may require new suppliers across a range of sectors.
Short-term spending allocations
- £1bn for the MOD over two years to increase its cyber and anti-submarine welfare capacity and nuclear deterrents
- £160m for counter-terrorism policing in 2019-20
- £420m for councils to fix potholes and renew bridges and tunnels
- £150m to improve local traffic hotspots
- £400m extra for schools
Long term spending allocations
- NHS funding to increase by £20bn a year by 2023-24
Supply chain opportunities
During the Autumn Budget announcement, Mr Hammond stated that he was committed to creating public-private partnerships that deliver value for British tax payers. He also confirmed that:
“Half of the UK’s £600 billion infrastructure pipeline will be built and financed by the private sector.”
Since this announcement, the UK government’s centre of expertise for infrastructure and major projects, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, has released a document detailing estimated levels of investment over the coming decade. By doing so they hope that this will “provide visibility, knowledge, and understanding of where infrastructure investment is being made.”
This is good news for businesses looking for supply chain opportunities – when one private sector business wins contract for a large project and then outsources contracts to smaller subcontractors for aspects of the work – as this pipeline will require many types of goods, works or services.
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Tender opportunities 2019
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