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Labour calls for a Back to Work Budget to protect jobs

Anneliese Dodds MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, is today [Tuesday] calling for an urgent “Back to Work Budget” to protect UK jobs at a crucial phase of the coronavirus recovery. The Shadow Chancellor warns that the country cannot afford for the government to make the same mistakes on the economy as during the coronavirus health crisis.

Dodds is calling on the Chancellor to publish an urgent package of economic measures with a clear focus: “jobs, jobs, jobs.” The intervention comes after the Treasury was reported to have shelved plans for an emergency summer Budget.

Official figures on unemployment will be published today by the Office for National Statistics. They follow statistics earlier this month showing job vacancies at a three-year low, raising fears of mass unemployment.

Arguing that the Government’s slow health response to coronavirus has worsened its economic damage, Dodds is warning that without swift action from the Treasury the UK risks falling even further behind other nations. Other countries, including Germany, have already announced stimulus packages to support the post-Covid economic recovery.

Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, Anneliese Dodds MP, said:

“The Government was too slow to recognise the scale of the health crisis from coronavirus and we are already paying the economic price.

“We are increasingly worried that the slow and confused health response is now being followed by a slow and confused response to saving jobs. The window is closing to protect existing jobs and encourage firms to invest in creating new ones.

“That’s why we need a Back to Work Budget that has one focus – jobs, jobs, jobs. As a constructive opposition, we want to work with government to get the right solutions to the problems the country faces.”

Budget 2020

This may have been a Budget read out by the Chancellor but it was clearly a Boris budget, big on promises, but with no real idea on how to deliver them.

I welcome the emergency funding to tackle the Coronovirus outbreak, but where is the investment to tackle the climate emergency? Britain needs a radical plan to get to net-zero not a Chancellor boasting of spending over £27bn on tarmac. It took him 40 minutes before he even mentioned his weak climate plans.

The other big hole in today’s Budget is not addressing the social care crisis. Tough decisions are being put off to another day.

Funding for Cambridge South and the A10 Ely junction are welcome but I want to see the detail in the proposed new Development Corporations in the OxCam Arc to ensure that democratic accountability is not lost.

McCluskey calls on the PM to use Budget to avert `job loss tsunami’

The 2020 Budget will be the most important statement by a UK chancellor since the global crash of 2008 and voters will be expecting to see a government fully in charge of meeting the challenges ahead, the leader of the influential Unite union has said this morning (Wednesday 11 March).

Speaking ahead of Rushi Sunak’s first budget statement to the House of Commons, Len McCluskey said: “Boris Johnson and his chancellor have it in their power to avoid a tsunami of job losses on our high streets, in our struggling manufacturing industries, regional airports and throughout the supply chains.  This is now the moment for them to step up.

 “The economy has had a very bleak few months and we fear more instability lies ahead.  That is why today Boris Johnson and his chancellor have to show that they’re deadly serious about putting in place the measures needed to avert serious hurt to families and industries across the country.    

 “It is also the opportunity to demonstrate a real commitment to supporting vulnerable sectors and jobs during the Covid-19 outbreak, to eliminate the fear for millions of households with low paid and insecure workers that illness will not just hit their health but has the capacity to destroy them financially.

 “This virus has exposed the vulnerability of our economy, built on a hire and fire, low rights culture. It is not just investment that needs levelling up across the country – we also need a root and branch overhaul of labour laws so that never again do workers feel compelled to put their health at risk because they have no legal protections.

 “Matters are so serious that we urgently need to see a committed programme of government action to protect working people and our businesses. 

 “With our aviation and manufacturing sectors in crisis and thousands of jobs at stake, inaction simply isn’t an option. Mr Sunak, when you open your red box today don’t disappoint. The voters are watching.”

Unite is calling for a series of measures in this budget to steady the economy including:

  • Action to protect regional airports and aviation jobs including a delay in the payment of airline taxes and duties and the extension of loans to airlines and airports so they can retain staff and routes until bookings recover.
  • Subsidies for the key routes tied to long-term environmental commitments as part of an integrated, sustainable transport network, improving building connectivity between far-flung parts of our nations and our metropolitan cities.
  • Urgent action to ensure an adequate income stream to the millions of workers who may be forced to stay at home but have no sick pay entitlement.  Day one sick pay for all workers, including those on zero hours contracts or earn too little to qualify for statutory sick pay. The derisory, low level of UK sick pay, among the worst in Europe, needs to be addressed too.
  • For manufacturing, intervention and investment is desperately needed in our infrastructure to revive the fortunes of our left-behind industrial heartlands.  A house building programme and green infrastructure measures, such as a battery plant for electric vehicles, both boost the regions and help the UK meet its climate change obligations.
  • Action to help the vulnerable in the community who need access to cash but, because of bank closures and ATMs, struggle to get that access. Protecting bank branches ensures access to cash.