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12/11/2020

Labour urges government to bring forward flooding investment

Words: Laura Edgar
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Ahead of the spending review, the Labour Party has called for the flooding protection investment to be brought forward as part of a wider challenge to the government to ‘Build it in Britain’.

Priority areas for flooding investment should be the north-west of England, Yorkshire and the East Midlands.

The challenge is for the government to support the creation of 400,000 jobs through a green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Comprehensive Spending Review has been replaced by a one-year review in light of the pandemic.

Labour wants to see an economic recovery that delivers “high-skilled jobs in every part of the UK as part of a drive towards a clean economy”. It also wants low-carbon infrastructure to be built in Britain.

The wish list has been put together following a consultation with businesses, trade unions and other stakeholders on what a green recovery should look like. Almost 2,000 responses were received, according to the party.

Action in these areas, the survey suggests, would support job creation and help to alleviate the environmental and climate crisis:

  • Accelerating planned investment in electric vehicle-charging infrastructure and ensuring that the planning system better supports electric vehicle charging.
  • 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.
  • Introducing a national nature service – an employment programme to focus on nature conservation projects.
  • Expanding energy efficiency and retrofit programmes, including in social housing.

Labour wants these to be delivered as part of a wider strategy that meets the UK's overall infrastructure needs in the spending review.

Ed Miliband, shadow energy secretary, said: “We face a jobs emergency and a climate emergency. It’s time for a bold and ambitious plan to deliver hundreds of thousands of jobs which can also tackle the climate crisis.

“This is the right thing to do for so many people who are facing unemployment, the right thing to do for our economy to get a lead in the industries of the future, and the right thing to do to build a better quality of life for people in our country.

“As other countries lead the way with a green recovery, Britain is hesitating. It’s time to end the dither and inaction, and start delivering now. It is what the British people deserve and what the crises we face demand.”

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