Lib Dems call for measures to protect jobs

The Liberal Democrats have urged the Government to protect local people at risk from automation job losses.

Wednesday, 27th March 2019, 9:06 am
Updated Wednesday, 27th March 2019, 9:13 am
Tom Hancock, Liberal Democrat candidate for Berwick.

It follows the publication of figures from the Office for National Statistics that showed Berwick in the top 5 most vulnerable areas in the country. with a 54.6% risk of automation for occupations locally.

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The statistics also reveal some 1.5 million people across England are at high risk. It says 70% of the roles at high risk of automation are currently held by women with part-timers and the young the next most at risk.

Tom Hancock, Liberal Democrat parliamentary spokesman for Berwick, said: “While the Conservative Government obsesses over the technical details of Brexit, millions of people across the UK are facing the very real possibility of losing their ability to make a living, with young people, women and those with lower levels of education most at risk.

“It’s deeply troubling to see so many Northumbrian livelihoods on the line. That is why Lib Dems have called for all companies with over 250 employees to develop plans to support staff vulnerable to automation, and for the Government to grant every adult £9,000 over their lifetime to fund lifelong learning. We can’t halt the march of technological progress, and neither should we want to. But we must take steps now to ensure everyone in our society can benefit from that progress.”