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UCL Commentaries on the Budget 2011
A number of UCL academics have provided comments on particular aspects of the 2011 Budget. Read more below.
“Little to improve health”
Professor Hugh Montgomery, Director of the UCL Institute for Human Health and Performance, argues that the budget should have set an ambitious price per unit for alcohol, and tackled public health through action on food.
“A missed opportunity to reform the
Professor Nick Tyler, Head of UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering, argues that the proposed ‘fast-track planning for major infrastructure’ will make a strategic planning approach for transport far more problematic.
“Not much ‘greenest government ever’”
Paul Ekins, Professor in Energy and Environment Policy at the UCL Energy Institute cautiously welcomes the public capitalisation of the Green Investment Bank, but rues the lack of measures specifically targeted towards a green economy.
“How do we meet the implementation
Professor Alan Wilson of the UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis welcomes the Government’s strategic measures to support the reform of the planning system, but cautions that we must engage with the “95% implementation challenge.”
local planning projects to become bogged down in policy argumentations”
Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones of the UCL Bartlett School of Planning predicts that the implementation of development plans will be beset by contentions between national, local and neighborhood interests, particularly in the Home Counties.
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