Austerity, the pandemic, trade changes brought about by Brexit, rising inflation and energy costs, plus the economic policy decisions of an out of touch Conservative government in Westminster has had a major impact on local employment and the viability of some key businesses. Whilst many employers have been able to adapt, others haven’t.
Despite this challenging environment, locally Labour has a plan to regrow the economy in a way which benefits local people and communities.
We will work with local businesses to support employment, create town centres local people can be proud of, encourage greener commerce, nurture a digital transformation and tackle in-work poverty through a more inclusive and fairer economy.
What is Labour doing locally?
- Working with businesses, trade unions and other local partners to deliver our Inclusive Economy Programme, so that we have a vibrant and connected borough where the local economy looks after people and public investment is targeted to support local jobs and grow local businesses. We believe in an economy where everyone shares in the benefits of economic growth through fair pay, secure employment, and progression opportunities in their profession.
- Reaffirming our commitment to social value programmes and the principles of community wealth building by using procurement to support local employment opportunities and grow businesses in local supply chains.
- Providing direct support to people through our Business Support Team to help set up cooperatives and other models of enterprise and ownership, to encourage the sharing of wealth and resources across local communities.
- Providing support to key strategic sectors in our borough including manufacturing, energy, logistics, finance, retail, hospitality, culture and care through skills support, infrastructure investment, innovation, and supply chain development.
- Increasing support for the rural economy in areas like business networks, the visitor economy, greater digital connectivity, tackling rural poverty, building more affordable housing, access to services and accessible transport.
- Taking action to support local jobs including working with employers where their staff are at threat of redundancy, offering free courses and support for reskilling, and helping people to find work through our local Workzones and by supporting local job fairs.
- Working with local firms to promote employment schemes including apprenticeships, traineeships, and other programmes where appropriate.
- Providing employment support for those from older age groups, who might previously have been self-employed, and who might never have faced unemployment before.
- Supporting young people at risk of not being in education, employment and training, including young adults with Learning Disabilities who need support to transition into employment.
- Growing ‘The Employers Pledge’, which already supports hundreds of employers to work more closely with schools, colleges and up to 12,000 learners, so that local young people have clear pathways into their chosen careers.
- Working with the Local Enterprise Partnership to deliver the Accelerate programme and encourage local businesses to reskill and upskill employees.
- Working with the Cheshire & Warrington Growth Hub to enhance support to existing and new businesses and in recognising that 60% of new investment in our economy comes from organisations that have already invested here, we will work hard to build stronger relationships with the businesses that create good jobs in our borough.
- Through the digital skills partnership we are working with businesses and training providers to develop digital skills and enable them to take full advantage of new digital technologies.
- Developing a package of support for employers to secure improved workforce wellbeing.
- Lobbying the Government to devolve more powers, funding and responsibilities to our area; including a potential devolution deal for Cheshire & Warrington, as well a cross-border growth deal with partners across North Wales.
- Utilising the UK Shared Prosperity Fund to help communities to thrive.