Scotland ‘should have infrastructure advice body’

Scotland should have its own independent, specialist body to provide strategic advice on infrastructure, a review has concluded.

In a report released today, the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland said the new organisation is needed to “enable an inclusive, net-zero carbon economy and to develop a 30-year infrastructure strategy that is reinforced by a long-term-needs assessment”.

The commission, a body set up for an 18-month period to make recommendations for the next 30 years, said the new advisory body “would sit outside the political decision-making system to enable it to operate in an arms-length and transparent way”. By doing so it would build confidence across the public and private sectors, the report said.