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Construction could be boosted by new infrastructure plans

Construction staff would have more opportunities to utilise safety boots if more were done to promote infrastructure development in the UK.

This is according to former chancellor Alistair Darling, who told the Manchester Evening News that the government must fast-track infrastructure development initiatives if it wishes to create new jobs and aid the economy.

The Labour minister said he believes the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition is presently attempting change policy direction, as its original plans to restore growth have not worked out as intended.

As such, he called for the prioritising of projects that will create more jobs for young people, with infrastructure spending in areas such as energy described as being particularly beneficial.

"It gives you a long-term return and in the short term it employs people while you are building it," Mr Darling said.

This comes after housing minister Grant Shapps told the Radio 4 Today programme this month that more than 200,000 new homes need to be built in the UK in order to meet demand.

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