Amidst a worsening cost-of-living crisis, this week’s Spring Statement represented an opportunity for the Chancellor to get ahead of the curve in supporting people through the very challenging months ahead of us.
Peter Aldous MP writes for The House Magazine
With reports of the appalling consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine dominating the news, along with sobering predictions about the impact on energy costs, it is easy to forget that the cost-of-living crisis in the UK predates the conflict.
Like all MPs, I am regularly contacted by constituents struggling to access the training they need to secure fulfilling and meaningful work. I also speak to employers about the severe skills shortages they face in key areas across the local economy.
The coronavirus generation of students – from primary school to adult learners – have faced a previously unimaginable transformation in the way they learn. The resilience, creativity and imagination of the education sector during this time to support them has been inspiring.