The Government Has Consistently Talked About Job Creation In The Energy Sector - It Just Isn't Happening Says GMB
The government has identified the skilled construction jobs with shortages of labour so we investment in training to up-skill our own people to meet the needs of the economy says GMB
GMB, the union for energy and construction workers, commented on the statement by the Chief Secretary of the Treasury on infrastructure spending in the UK. See PA report of the statement.
Gary Smith, GMB National Secretary for energy, said There is no change and no progress on new nuclear in this statement.
We believe a deal could and would have been done but from interventions by the treasury who blocked a deal.
The government has consistently talked about job creation in the energy sector - it just isn't happening.”
Phil Whitehurst GMB National Officer for engineering construction said “This programme of work, if it actually happens, is welcome. It will requires a skilled and qualified workforce to undertake it
The government has identified the skilled jobs where there are shortages of labour. There is a massive pool of unemployed workers of which nearly a million are under the age of 25.
Surely it is not beyond the wit of Westminster politicians to secure the necessary investment in training to up-skill our own people to meet the needs of the economy.
Which bit of this is too complicated for the government to understand? It demands that government and employers follow this simple industrial strategy.”
Contact: Gary Smith 07710 618 909, Phil Whitehurst 07968 338810 and David Hulse 07971 266 157 or GMB press office 07921 289880
Notes to editors
Summary of Speech by Danny Alexander 27 Jun 2013 on Press Association
Page 1The Government is making the right long-term choices for Britain, Danny Alexander said today as he set out plans to boost economic growth through a series of major infrastructure projects.
The Chief Secretary to the Treasury said there were no easy choices, but the coalition was putting the country on the path from rescue to recovery.
Making a statement to the House of Commons, he said the Government was prioritising the national interest ahead of short-term political gains.
Page 2: Mr Alexander said: "Most past governments of every colour have prioritised short-term convenience over the long-term national interest. Today we change that. We are shifting the Government's policy horizons to match the modern economy's horizon because this coalition Government wants to make the right long-term choices for Britain.
"Let me tell the House in all candour, these are not easy choices. There is no easy way to create jobs and prosperity. It is a difficult path but the right one.
"Today, it is clear that the British economy is moving from rescue to recovery."
Page 3Mr Alexander set out £100 billion-worth of capital spending and said the Government would not borrow any more to afford it.
"As we move from repair to renewal, we also need to invest in the fabric of our nation," he said.
"And I can do that because we have chosen to find savings from day-to-day budgets which allow us to recycle billions back into long-term capital spending, not the easy choice, but the right one.
"So we can guarantee £300 billion of capital spending by the end of the decade.
"Today I can set out our plans for over £100 billion of this for the infrastructure of our country - the biggest public housing programme for over 20 years, the largest programme of rail investment since Victorian times, the greatest investment in our roads since the 1970s, fast online access for the whole country, unlocking massive investments in cleaner energy to power our economy forwards.
"All at a price we can afford to pay without adding a single pound to our borrowing forecast.
"Investing in stronger communities, in better infrastructure, in new sources of energy, that is how we will build a stronger economy in a fairer society, enabling everyone to get on in life."
Mr Alexander said the Government would provide £25 million for digital equipment for police, £100 million for a new prison in North Wales and invest £200 million to digitise HM Revenue & Customs' customer service, a move which will save £50 million a year from administrative costs.
He indicated that he would conduct a further efficiency review of Government departments to find more savings.
"I am the first Chief Secretary ever to have had this pool of commercial expertise at my disposal during a spending round and they tell me that we can do more to save money for the taxpayer," he said.
"So working closely with the minister for the Cabinet Office I will conduct a further rolling efficiency review of all departments, unlocking savings to support our economic priorities.
"And I will strengthen the financial management capability in government too."
Mr Alexander indicated that he would look to sell off £15 billion-worth of public assets by 2020.
He said: "£10 billion of that money will come from corporate and financial assets, like the student loan book.
"And the other £5 billion will come from land and property.
"Government is the custodian of the taxpayer's assets. When we no longer need them, we should sell them back at a fair price, not act like a compulsive hoarder.
"Too often, local and national government sit on an area of land which could be put to good use for the economy, housing or schools.
"Today we say this to businesses and to communities - if there are any publicly-owned sites out there that you can make economic use of then tell us."
The Chief Secretary announced that the Government would be spending an additional £10 billion on school upgrades, alongside plans to rebuild the worst 261 schools.
He told MPs: "We are rebuilding 261 of the worst schools as part of the Priority Schools Building programme. With the money committed today, we will complete this by 2017 - two years early.
"But there are many other schools in need of repair and investment. The last government stopped even checking just how many schools were in need of repair. We have started again.
"We will put £10 billion behind this, enough to clear the urgent backlog and we are investing too to create one million new places in a decade, across the country, including in Lancashire, Leeds and London."
Mr Alexander highlighted achievements he said had already been made, including 30 complete transport schemes, 150 refurbished stations and 84,000 new affordable homes.
But he said the advice of Lord Deighton, boss of the London 2012 delivery committee, would be followed to improve future delivery.
He said: "This Government is accepting his central recommendation we take crucial infrastructure delivery out of the hands of civil servants and into the hands of commercial experts."
And the Chief Secretary added: "Our innovative UK Guarantee scheme is enabling privately-funded projects to go forward too and it has already provided certainty to investors in the Drax power station and the (London Underground) Northern Line extension."
Mr Alexander announced the scheme would be available for two more years until the end of 2016.
He said: "We will offer a guarantee of up to £500 million to support investment in the Mersey Gateway Bridge and a multibillion guarantee to advance the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point - a guarantee to provide growth in Liverpool and a guarantee that could provide power for 8% of the UK's homes
"These deals aren't yet done but they are a major step forward for our country's future."