The government has missed a number of its own key targets for improving public buildings and transport infrastructure, says a new Construction Products Association (CPA) report.

The “Achievable Targets? 2004” study, launched at the Labour Party conference on September 27, highlights the government’s investment failings in schools, social housing and hospitals, as well as classifying other areas as “now at risk”.

CPA chief executive Michael Ankers said: “The UK is bottom of the European league for investment in construction and we have welcomed the government’s commitment to address the problems caused by years of under investment. But this research shows that targets are being missed, new targets are now being set and, in many areas, progress towards those targets is not even being montiored.”

A YouGov opinion poll of 2,000 adults, commissioned by the CPA, also found the public’s perception of government achievement is low, and that improved healthcare and hospital premises are the most important factors determining their voting intentions.