Northumberland Labour says the government is failing its basic duty, namely, to secure affordable energy, food and petrol supplies for households and businesses.
Leader Scott Dickinson says: “The job of the government is to look after all its citizens. From where Labour is standing the government is failing to do this. Family finances are being squeezed with soaring energy bills and shortages of fuel and food. And this is against a backdrop of Universal Credit being cut and National Insurance going up. The government must act, and act now to avoid a perfect storm which will leave many households in dire straits.
“The government was warned about the shortage of drivers and insecurity of our energy reserves. As usual, they have taken no notice and are desperately trying to put in piecemeal measures which will not even add up to a sticking plaster over an open wound.”
Labour is calling for:
- the appointment of a minister specifically responsible for tackling the supply chain crisis
- a task force to identify gaps and recruit into key roles such as HGV drivers
- HGV drivers to be added to the shortage occupation list
- businesses and unions to work together to address wages and working conditions
Scott added: “Not looking after citizens is shameful. The government needs to stop pretending they’ve got all the answers, listen to people, and take the advice. Their stubbornness is having a serious impact on the people they are supposed to be serving.”
"Family finances are being squeezed with soaring energy bills and shortages of fuel and food" Scott Dickinson - Leader Northumberland Labour