The crazy world of public finances means that if you don’t spend everything you’ve been allocated this year, you’ll be cut by that amount next. Hence, the frenzied rush to blow every last penny before the end of March. Never mind being effective, efficient and economical, it's spend, spend, spend!
Public sector contractors have a love-hate relationship with the Year End. There’s lots of business coming their way - but the catch is it’s all got to be finished by the 31 March. All those little jobs around the county that weren’t anybody’s priority, now come in very handy for soaking up some quick cash, white lines, drains maintenance, ditch clearance, a bit of new cabling. Lovely jubbly.
Don’t worry though, the dodgy temporary traffic lights and coned off carriageways will soon be gone, and the roads can return to their normal placid air of neglect until this time next year.