Government failed to reach public sector targets

The Government has missed a series of public-sector construction targets in areas such as housing, education and health, according to a report to be released this week by the Construction Products Association. The plan to upgrade 95 per cent of social housing to acceptable standards by 2017 is well behind schedule, the CPA says. More than 700,000 social homes, about 18 per cent of the stock, are not up to scratch.