Steve calls for Croydon to get new powers to protect jobs after Brexit
The London MPs group co-chaired by Steve Reed MP has called for more powers to be handed to Croydon and other London boroughs, so they can protect local businesses from the negative impact of Brexit.
The ‘All Party Parliamentary Group for London’ carried out a study that looked at the challenges facing businesses in the capital – including whether they can recruit enough employees with the right skills.
This report calls for new powers to be handed to London, including training and work-related education for 16-18 year olds, a new cross-London Careers Service, and an increased number of high quality apprenticeships.
The cross party group of MPs says a radical overhaul of education and training for work across the UK is needed if businesses are to limit the damaging effects of leaving the European Union.
Steve Reed said:
“Croydon is home to a fast-growing economy, but Brexit poses a major threat to businesses and local jobs.
“For years London’s training system has lagged behind other world cities, leaving people without the skills they need to get the jobs that are available.
“With Brexit threatening to slash investment and jobs in the capital, it’s more important than ever that decisions about training and education for work are taken locally by people who know the local jobs market the best.”
Steven Reed is Labour MP for Croydon North and Shadow Minister for Children and Families. In 2018 his private member’s bill on reducing violent mental health restraint became law. In June 2019 he launched Labour’s civil society strategy outlining radical plans to empower citizens and communities.
Steve chairs the Cooperative Councils Innovation Network, co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for London, was Leader of Lambeth Council 2006-12 where he led the council’s children’s services to become best-rated in the country and pioneered the public-health approach to tackling violent youth crime. He worked in publishing for 16 years and was an elected trade union branch secretary.