Lib Dems Protect Jobs
Lib Dems Protect Jobs
A vote for the Julia Aglionby, LibDem candidate for Carlisle, is a vote for a thriving, skilled and fairer local economy.
"As the LibDem MP for Carlisle, I will protect existing jobs and create opportunities for investment and employment." Julia Aglionby
No-deal Brexit: will it affect Carlisle?
Carlisle has a proud and robust manufacturing economy with many jobs in the food and drink sector. More than 70% of food and non-alcoholic drink exports are to the EU and employment in the sector will be threatened if we leave Europe without a good trade deal in place.
The Food and Drink Federation believes that a no-deal will lead to a loss of jobs in the sector and probably in Carlisle. The Federation believes that markets outside the EU will not be a realistic substitute for European customers and expects the market for UK products to shrink.
What's the Lib Dem plan?
The Lib Dems will revoke Article 50 and stop Brexit, safeguarding existing employment in manufacturing in Carlisle and giving companies the confidence to invest, expand and create new jobs.
The UK economy has shrunk since the referendum
The Institute for Fiscal Studies recently published their own Green Budget concluding -
"The UK economy is already around £60bn smaller than it would have been without a vote to leave the European Union and that the UK has missed out on the current phase of global growth."
Economic slow-down is inevitable
Business investment is around 20% lower than it would otherwise have been, hurting productivity and wage growth. The Green Budget is clear; a no-deal Brexit could mean no growth at all for the next two years. Further delay or even a Brexit deal will still see a slowing of economic growth to between 1 and 1.5% a year.
The best option for Carlisle is to Remain
According to the IFS, the best choice for the UK is to remain in the UK. Only the LibDems have a manifesto promise to revoke Article 50.
Lib Dem commitment to the Country
The Lib Dems are committed to investing in cutting-edge technologies, including energy storage, smart grid and hydrogen technologies, and I will work to secure investment in these industries in Carlisle.
These new cutting-edge technologies will need a skilled workforce. We will expand the provision of high-quality advanced apprenticeships to meet this need with new sector-led National Colleges.
"I will work to secure a new National College for green energy technology in Cumbria, building on the success of the National College for Nuclear at Lakes College. Further advanced apprenticeships will provide opportunities for young people to secure local, skilled and well-paid jobs and choose to stay in Carlisle." Julia Aglionby
Lib Dem commitment to Carlisle
Many of Carlisle's most successful manufacturers started small. The LibDems will support new businesses providing a 'start-up allowance' to help with living costs in the crucial first weeks of trading. Lib Dems will support small businesses seeking to scale up through the provision of mentoring support. We will also work to replace business rates with a fairer Commercial Landowner Levy. The Landowner Levy will tax landowners on the land value of commercial sites rather than its productive investment. We will make small firms a priority for any future business tax cuts.
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