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Infrastructure commission to be made permanent

Words: Laura Edgar

The government has announced that the National Infrastructure Commission will be made permanent to help build a ‘bigger, better and greater Britain’.

Chancellor Phillip Hammond said the commission would become an executive agency to help plan, prioritise and ensure that efficient investment is made.

The commission will receive its own budget, freedom and autonomy, set out in a charter. 

It is set to come into force in January 2017.

Sir John Armitt has agreed to be interim deputy chair of the commission, with immediate effect.

Hammond has launched a call for ideas to inform the commission’s next in-depth study, following reports published earlier this year that made a number of recommendations for Crossrail 2, Northern connectivity and smart power.

An open competition will also be held to find the commission’s first permanent chair and new additional commissioners. Lord Adonis is the interim chair of the commission.

Hammond said: “We are determined to build a bigger, better, greater Britain – a country that works for everyone.

“[The commission] will independently define our long-term infrastructure needs and help prioritise, plan and ensure value for money as this investment creates a modern Britain – fit to take on the world.”

Former chancellor George Osborne launched the National Infrastructure Commission in October 2015.

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