In response to the Public Accounts Committee’s report on the National Infrastructure Plan, Which? executive director Richard Lloyd said:
“Investment in renewing inefficient and outdated infrastructure is obviously needed, but not at any cost to consumers, so there must be no blank cheques signed behind closed doors by the Government. Energy customers, for example, are already footing the bill for multi-billion pound initiatives but are not seeing any early benefit in their bills.
“The Government must show that it is protecting the interests of consumers by getting a grip on costs, doing major deals transparently and demonstrating how investment will result in both a better service and affordable prices. In economic times like these it’s all the more vital that ministers take into account the full impact on hard-pressed households, and avoid imposing any unnecessary extra financial pressure on those that foot the bill for government-backed projects, as consumer spending will be central to economic recovery.”