Public affairs

National Infrastructure Committee
Contact the Public Affairs team

Our Public Affairs team works with politicians from all political parties, at all levels of government, to help raise the profile of civil engineers and the importance of infrastructure to society.

If you've got a question about our work, or want to sign up to our public affairs newsletter, then please contact the team.

Contact:

e: alex.green-wilkes@ice.org.uk or t: +44 (0)20 7665 2109
e: gloria.liu@ice.org.uk or t: +44 (0)20 7665 2152

ICE provides independent, expert advice to government and policy makers . We also raise the profile of engineering and promote its contribution to our quality of life.

Our public affairs work draws on the expertise and insight of our global membership. High quality infrastructure drives economic growth, improves the environment and protects communities from harm. We encourage decision makers to take the action needed to deliver these benefits.

This page contains information about our work with national and local governments. You can also catch up on the latest development in our Infrastructure blog.

Our work in Westminster

Palace of Westminster
ICE's position in Westminster gives us an ideal base from which to work with all political parties

ICE influences public policy by working with MPs, peers civil servants and special advisers. We also work with the business, think tanks, academia and finance communities.

Our work includes:

  • Publishing our annual State of the Nation report on the performance of UK infrastructure
  • Advising HM Treasury on the development of the National Infrastructure Plan
  • Submissions to political parties own policy reviews
  • Hosting events and announcements at the home of infrastructure, One Great George Street
  • Thought Leadership events and publications exploring the latest thinking on infrastructure and engineering

Latest work

Following on from our work to highlight the importance of infrastructure during the general election, through the launch of the Manifesto for Infrastructure, and State of the Nation Infrastructure, we've produced a list of key policy recommendations. These recommendations are aimed at helping the improve the UK's global competitiveness and include:

  • Achieve a long-term vision for infrastructure with cross-party support
  • Embed resilience to climate change into infrastructure decision making
  • Empower and resource city regions to manage infrastructure

Download our recommendations

All Party Parliamentary Group for Infrastructure

ICE provides the secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Infrastructure (APPGI).

The APPGI brings together parliamentarians interested in infrastructure issues and the use of underground space.

The group organises regular events including site visits, panel discussions and receptions.

Please contact debate@ice.org.uk for more information about the APPGI.

Download a summary of ICE's devolved nations and London Mayoral election stats.

Our work in Scotland

Holyrood, Scottish Parliament
ICE is working closer than ever with Scotland's Parliament

ICE Scotland supports and represents more than 8,000 members working and living in Scotland. The region actively promotes infrastructure and civil engineering issues to Members of the Scottish Parliament.

Since the 2014 referendum, we have pro-actively engaged with the new Scottish Cabinet team and key members of the Shadow Cabinet.

In November 2015, we launched our State of the Nation Scotland: Infrastructure scorecard report. This report examines the state of Scotland's economic infrastructure, and sets out recommendations to policy makers to guide improvements and to future-proof our core assets.

We also work with other engineering organisations to promote the importance of the engineering industry in Scotland and further afield.

Lastest work

ICE Scotland has launched Manifesto for Infrastructure: Scotland 2016 in advance of the Scottish Parliament elections in May. It sets out a vision of what needs to be done to ensure Scotland has transport, energy, waste, water and flooding networks fit for the future and challenges the nation's policy-makers to commit to infrastructure.

Download our manifesto

Download a summary of ICE's devolved nations and London Mayoral election stats.

Our work in Northern Ireland

Stormont, home of the Northern Ireland assembly
Our Northern Ireland office has worked closely with the Northern Ireland Assembly for a number of years

ICE Northern Ireland supports and represents more than 2,000 members working and living in Northern Ireland. The region actively promotes infrastructure and civil engineering issues to Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Our members regularly meet with elected representatives and stakeholders including the Construction Industry Group and the All Party Working Group on Construction. Members have provided independent advice on topics including reservoir safety, youth apprentices and infrastructure.

Latest work

ICE Northern Ireland’s 2016 Manifesto, ‘Building Our Quality of Life,’ is centred on three themes – Delivery, Resilience and Skills – and details how infrastructure ensures economic growth, provides jobs, keeps society safe and enhances our quality of life.

Download our manifesto

Download a summary of ICE's devolved nations and London Mayoral election stats.

Our work in Wales

ICE Wales Cymru supports and represents more than 3,500 members working and living in Wales. The region actively promotes infrastructure and civil engineering issues to the Welsh Government and Assembly Members from all parties.

Particular engagement has been with the Minister for Natural Resources, Minister for Finance and Government Business and the Deputy Minister for Skills & Technology. In addition, we have regular engagement with the UK Government Wales Office.

Latest work

Our Manifesto features vital recommendations for the next Assembly term, which focus on improving resilience, skills and infrastructure delivery.

It appeals for continued investment in new and existing assets, for steps to be taken to secure the next generation of engineers which includes the creation of a Skills Strategy for Wales; and calls for the commitment to developing the Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan in order to ensure the country has a long term vision. Policy-makers are challenged to commit to infrastructure.

This manifesto is also available in Welsh

Download our manifesto

Download a summary of ICE's devolved nations and London Mayoral election stats.

Our work in London

ICE London represents and supports 9,000 members living and working in the city. The region actively promotes infrastructure and civil engineering issues to City Hall and London Assembly members.

We have worked closely with the team developing the London Infrastructure Plan 2050, ensuring the Plan was informed by our expertise, reflected the latest civil engineering advances and addressed the key issues facing civil engineering in London.

We have given evidence at a number of London Assembly enquiries and discussed pertinent infrastructure issues with individual Assembly members. We continue to work with City Hall and the Assembly to ensure effective infrastructure planning and delivery in the capital.

Latest work

ICE London's Infrastructure for London Manifesto sets out ten recommendations for the Mayor and London Assembly ahead of the 2016 Elections. The Manifesto focuses on the areas of Strategy, Resilience, Skills and Delivery, setting out what London's Government needs to do to ensure London remains one of the best cities in the world.

Download our manifesto

Download a summary of ICE's devolved nations and London Mayoral election stats.

Infrastructure blog
The electricity grid is changing from traditional one-way flows from large generators to the consumer, to multiple smaller-scale generators

Creating a smarter, more flexible energy system

  • Author: Gavin Miller
  • Date: 06 December 2016

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Ofgem have launched their much-delayed electricity storage consultation. However, in the long wait since it was first mooted it has picked up some other facets.

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