Our objectives

The Commission provides government with impartial, expert advice on major long term infrastructure challenges. While the Commission carries out its work in accordance with the remit and terms of reference for specific studies set by the government, it has complete discretion to determine its own work programme and recommendations.

The Commission’s objectives are to:

  • Support sustainable economic growth across all regions of the UK
  • Improve competitiveness; and
  • Improve quality of life.

Our work

The Commission advises government on all sectors of economic infrastructure, defined as: energy, transport, water and wastewater (drainage and sewerage), waste, flood risk management and digital communications. We also consider interactions between our infrastructure recommendations and housing supply. The Commission’s role does not cover housing (as a distinct area), social infrastructure, land use or agriculture.

The Commission does not reopen decision-making processes where programmes and work have been decided (or are due to be decided immediately after a Commission report is published), or reopen closed price control settlements in regulated utilities. When making its recommendations, the Commission takes account of the role of economic regulators in regulating infrastructure providers and the government’s legal obligations, such as carbon reduction targets.

We are committed to delivering the following core pieces of work:

  • A National Infrastructure Assessment once in every Parliament, setting out the Commission’s assessment of long term infrastructure needs, with recommendations to government
  • Specific studies on pressing infrastructure challenges as set by government
  • An annual monitoring report, taking stock of the government’s progress towards previously accepted recommendations.

We aim to work collaboratively with relevant bodies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, including the National Infrastructure Commission for Wales and the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland. Our work focuses on England and non devolved UK wide areas of economic infrastructure (notably energy).

Our approach

We aim to be the UK’s most credible, forward thinking and influential voice on long term infrastructure strategy

  • Credible – producing reports and analysis of the highest quality, written in plain English, independent of government and all vested interests, and making clear recommendations based on rigorous evidence; and developing an evidence base which sets a gold standard in its quality and breadth.
  • Forward thinkingtaking a strategic approach, which links long-term priorities with short-term action and considers infrastructure as a system, not as a collection of silos; maintaining an international perspective and engaging closely with leading edge expertise; and open to new approaches and ideas.
  • Influentialbuilding broad support for our analysis and recommendations, working across society, government, parliament and industry; producing work which is objective, fair and transparent; looking for deliverable solutions; and following up on recommendations.