A total of 1,211 IoD members took part in the study, and 47 per cent ranked infrastructure as the top priority for the Conservative government.Members also agreed that bringing down the deficit should be high on the government’s to-do list. Respondents felt the reduction should be achieved mainly through spending cuts rather than tax rises. After infrastructure, education was considered the second priority – mentioned by 40 per cent of respondents. This was followed by health at 36 per cent. The IoD’s director general, Simon Walker, said: “Britain needs broadband cables, runways, railways and power, and we are looking to the government to deliver them.” Prior to the Conservatives’ win, the prime minister had pledged to invest in infrastructure like fast broadband as well as promising to cut red tape. David Cameron picked out particular concerns of small businesses as areas he would address, in a speech to SME leaders in April. He also claimed the Conservatives would increase the number of new businesses from 350,000 in 2013 to 600,000 a year by 2020. “We are the party of the grafters and the roofers and the retailers and the plumbers. We get them, we understand them, we back them,” Cameron said at the time. Last year, Cameron was ribbed by German chancellor over British broadband, as Angela Merkel asked when the roll-out of high-speed broadband to every house would be completed. While Merkel said Germany’s network would be finished by 2018, Cameron said “hundreds of millions of pounds” were currently being invested into the project. Read more on the new government:
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