Scottish infrastructure plan commits £110m to digital public services
Strategy aims to adopt one of ‘widest’ definition of national infrastructure
The Scottish Government has published its infrastructure investment plan, backed by £33bn over the course of the next parliament.
A new definition of infrastructure has been adopted by the plan to include digital and social infrastructure, such as housing, one of the “widest definitions” in the world, according to infrastructure secretary Michael Matheson, who claimed the plan would help Scotland meet its climate ambitions and recover from Covid-19 recession.
The strategy also sets aside £110m to invested in digital public services, as well as £50m in active freeways and £60m to ensure the trunk road network is adapted to meet the effects of climate change.
The plan includes an investment hierarchy which puts the maintenance of Scotland’s existing infrastructure ahead of new projects as part of efforts to reach net zero emissions.
Matheson said: “Our overall focus is on driving inclusive economic growth, the transition to net zero, and building resilient and sustainable places. This package of significant investment will support economic confidence in every corner of Scotland and send out a clear message that we will continue to do all we can to secure our recovery from coronavirus. In the process we will also be supporting over 45,000 jobs and building a strong future for Scotland.”
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