Labour challenges government to ‘Build it in Britain’ and support 400,000 new jobs with green economic recovery. Labour challenges government to ‘Build it in Britain’ and support 400,000 new jobs with green economic recovery. Labour will today (Tuesday 10 November) challenge the government to ‘Build it in Britain’ and support the creation of 400,000 jobs, including in the crucial manufacturing sector, through a green recovery from the Covid crisis. Ahead of this month’s Comprehensive Spending Review, Labour is calling for an economic recovery that will deliver high-skilled jobs in every part of the UK as part of the drive towards a clean economy. It is also calling for the low-carbon infrastructure of the future to be built in Britain. Labour’s calls follow an extensive consultation with businesses, trade unions and other stakeholders around what a credible green recovery should look like, which received almost 2,000 responses. The consultation indicated that the Government must: Recover Jobs: By bringing forward planned capital investment and dedicating it to low-carbon sectors – at least £30billion in the next 18 months – as part of a rapid stimulus package to support up to an estimated 400,000 additional jobs. Retrain Workers: By putting in place an emergency training programme to equip people affected by the unemployment crisis with the skills they need for the future greener economy. Rebuild business: By creating a National Investment Bank similar to those operating in other countries, focused on green investment, and by ensuring that public investment always aids the drive to net-zero rather than hindering it. The consultation report details a number of areas where progress has so far been limited in the UK, but where action now would support the creation of new jobs and tackle the climate and environmental crisis. They include: Investing in upgrading ports and shipyards for offshore wind supply chains. Expanding investment in Carbon Capture and Storage and hydrogen to help establish new opportunities for highly-skilled workers.
Accelerating planned investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure and ensuring the planning system better supports electric vehicle charging. Bringing forward orders for electric buses to help struggling manufacturers fill their order books. Introducing a National Nature Service, an employment programme to focus on nature conservation projects. Expanding energy efficiency and retrofit programmes, including in social housing. Ensuring that updated Sector Deals for sectors like automotive, steel and aerospace protect jobs and promote the shift to net zero. Bringing forward flooding protection investment, prioritising areas of need across the North West, Yorkshire and the East Midlands.
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Labour has called on the UK government to take full advantage of Joe Biden’s election victory to spur efforts to tackle the climate crisis and create green jobs, thereby ensuring the country sets a powerful example in the run-up to the COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow next year. In an interview with the Guardian this weekend, Business Secretary Ed Miliband emphasised that “what we should be doing is bringing forward investment, a green recovery, to create hundreds of thousands of green jobs”.
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The Government has been urged to invest at least £30 billion in the next 18 months on a green recovery to create hundreds of thousands of jobs. Labour is calling for billions of pounds of planned capital investment to be brought forward and dedicated to low carbon sectors, ranging from electric vehicle charging to upgrading ports to support offshore wind. The low carbon infrastructure that is needed for the future – from offshore wind turbines to electric buses – should be built in Britain to boost manufacturing and create jobs, Labour has said. Bringing forward investment of at least £30 billion over 18 months for low carbon sectors as part of a stimulus package to recover from the pandemic could help create an additional 400,000 jobs across the UK, Labour claimed.
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Labour is open to the construction of new nuclear power plants, such as Sizewell C in Suffolk, in a bid to hit the country’s net zero targets if it is economically sound, Ed Miliband has said. The Shadow Business Secretary called on the Government to produce a plan on using nuclear energy to help meet its zero carbon commitments. Mr Miliband also warned that Downing Street was doing too little to respond to the “jobs emergency” caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and he urged Boris Johnson to usher in a “green recovery” from the crisis caused by the virus. Ministers are understood to be close to agreeing a deal that will see a new reactor built at Sizewell in a move the Government hopes will help reduce CO2 emissions and generate much-needed employment in the area. And Mr Miliband suggested the scheme could be backed by Labour if it is deemed viable.
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