Spending Review: Javid pledges ‘infrastructure revolution’ to meet UK climate goals

The government will pump billions of extra pounds into infrastructure spending as part of its commitment to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, chancellor Sajid Javid has announced.

Addressing an often raucous parliament, Javid pledged an increase of £13.8 billion for total public spending next year, hailing a “new economic era” and an “end of austerity”.

“Brexit will allow us to reshape the British economy,” he told MPs. It will enable the UK to adopt “smarter, more flexible regulation, or to cut red tape that stifles innovation. We’ll be able to replace inefficient EU programmes with better home grown alternatives.”

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