A coalition of 24 local leaders have called for Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to commit to spending on green skills and sustainable growth in his upcoming stimulus package.
The group, collectively representing 25mn people, have been brought together as part of the Resilient Recovery Taskforce, launched on 29 June by UK100. The taskforce, which includes the mayors and leaders of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, Liverpool City Region, London and Greater Manchester, wants to ensure that the economic recovery from COVID-19 is unified with the UK’s goal to reach net zero by 2050 and prepares workers for a green transition. Specifically, they are calling for a New Deal for Green Skills and Growth, a major push on infrastructure investment, public transport and retrofitting homes.
The call was made following UK100 research, which found just over 4mn jobs in England – one in five – will be impacted by the shift towards a low carbon economy. On average, each parliamentary constituency has 4,097 jobs that will need reskilling. A New Deal for Green Skills and Growth would offer the necessary skills and training for workers to adapt to the net zero transition.
Polly Billington, Director of UK100, said: “We need to ensure this is not a car or carbon-led recovery. There is a huge opportunity here to skill up our workforce and invest in the jobs we need right now. A New Deal for Green skills and Growth will kick start the recovery, ensure we are internationally competitive and put us on a path to a cleaner, greener economy, so we can meet the net zero target.”