Business leaders have set out their priorities for the next government.
Business leaders have set out their priorities for the next government, warning that whatever form the government takes after the May election, the new Cabinet must get down to business with a clear delivery plan for the first 100 days to keep economic growth on track, boost investment and create opportunities for all.
The CBI said a comprehensive spending review should be launched after the May poll, encompassing more public service reform, an infrastructure commission to break the gridlock in housing construction and an ambitious reform of the EU .
It also wants politicians to commit to implementing in full the final recommendations of a report into future capacity at Heathrow and Gatwick airports, publish a “road map” for corporate taxation and outline a Europe-wide reform agenda.
The business group included in their plans a reform on education for 14-18 year olds, which would pave the way to scrapping GCSEs as well as creating vocational A-levels.
John Cridland, CBI Director-General, said:
“Whether we have a majority, minority or coalition Government, we ask those involved to ensure that the period of post-election uncertainty is kept to a minimum. We cannot afford a power vacuum that delays urgent policy decisions and unsettles potential investors, so any new Cabinet must get down to business as soon as possible.
“But if horse-trading is required to form a new Government, politicians must not duck the tough questions just to reach agreement and risk undermining the recovery before the ink has dried.”
Despite warnings of market instability in the days following the 2010 election, the Conservatives and Lib Dems say their coalition agreement helped avert a Greek-style sovereign debt crisis.
 The Guardian