Britain faces an unemployment crisis with millions of jobs at risk - and it's got the Chanellor Rishi Sunak's name all over it.
Rishi Sunak has dismissed workers and businesses that are currently shut down or operating at hugely reduced capacity as “unviable” – even though they are doing the right thing and following government guidance to help tackle the coronavirus.
Under Rishi Sunak, “unviable” jobs not worthy of support include those in the wedding industry, events and exhibitions, major parts of the night-time economy like nightclubs and pubs, festivals, sports venues and theatres.
There are around 100,000 jobs in the West Midlands at risk, and more than a million “unviable” jobs at risk across England, Wales and Scotland.
The businesses and workers here in Birmingham Edgbaston that Sunak has dismissed as “unviable” include:
1. The events and conferences industry including 500 event caterers 2.The creative, arts and entertainment sector including theatres and cinemas – still shut-down or operating at reduced capacity 3. The wedding industry including caterers, florists, photographers, dressmakers, beauticians, and many more. The industry has been hit by new restrictions: the number of wedding guests has been halved from 30 to 15, which will hit at least 70,000 weddings 4. The UK’s night life industry including around 200 people employed in nightclubs in my constituency, and more than 500 people employed in pubs and bars. These businesses are either still shutdown or operating at much reduced capacity and now hit by a 10pm curfew 5. The sports industry including more than 200 working in local sports clubs
It is deeply insulting for Rishi Sunak to brand these industries as "unviable" simply because they are following public health guidance. Writing them off will only accelerate the looming jobs crisis.
Three years on from the tragic Grenfell fire, and hundreds of leaseholders at Hemisphere Apartments in Edgbaston are still living in a building with dangerous cladding.
Leaseholders rightly feel a deep injustice that they are being forced to foot the bill for interim fire safety measures and remedial works despite having no moral responsibility for the production of their unsafe home.
You can listen back to my interview on the impact the ongoing cladding scandal is having on my constituents by clicking below.
This week, Birmingham 2022 officially launched its search for the first group of apprentices to work as part of their team to deliver the biggest sports and cultural event to be held in the UK for a decade.
The search for candidates to fill their first business administrator roles has now begun, with other roles in different areas of the organisation, including ticketing, venue development, procurement, workforce, sport, and security expected to go live soon. The first new recruits will officially start their apprenticeship in the New Year.
Cllr Sharon Thompson and Birmingham City Council are hosting an online mini-conference for Birmingham Edgbaston constituents covering Exempt Accommodation, HMO’s and the Private Rented Sector, on Thursday 8th October, 1-3pm.
Come along and join in the discussion on how partners can work together to resolve the issues that matter most to residents.
Joining instruction can be found below, or you can simply click the button below when you are ready to join on Thursday.
This week, the UK government joined the Gavi Board Meeting to discuss the research, development and manufacture of Covid vaccines and their pricing.
Ahead of this meeting, I sent a letter to the Foreign Secretary setting out the measures and position the UK should adopt in its discussions and reminding them that UK taxpayers deserve to know that the money being spent on their behalf is guaranteed to bring about genuinely equitable access across the world.
After all, we will not be safe from Covid-19 until everyone is safe.
The Global Goals are universal and local government has a key role to play in achieving them which is why the Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Steve Reed MP, and I have written to all Labour Councillors urging them to adopt a motion to use the Goals as we recover and rebuild from Covid-19.