UK public ‘back infra spending'

The majority of people in the UK support the government spending more money to improve the nation’s infrastructure, according to a new survey.

A poll carried out for the Guardian ahead of next month’s Autumn Statement found 76% of respondents favour investment in infrastructure as vital to the future economic growth of the country.

However, only 44% said they supported greater government borrowing to fund new investment, with 16% against and 40% undecided.

Chancellor Philip Hammond is expected to announce new investments in infrastructure at his first Autumn Statement in November, having recently suggested that targeted investment in smaller scale projects could yield greater economic benefits.