05.01.09

Brown Pledges to Create 100,000 Jobs

The Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has pledged to create 100,000 new jobs to help offset the impact of expected job losses. The jobs will come from bringing forward public spending programmes and will be funded by new money drawn partly from reserves.

Speaking to the Observer newspaper this weekend he said: “I want to show how we will be able, through public investments and public works, to create probably 100,000 additional jobs over the next period of time in our capital investment programme - schools, hospitals, environmental work and infrastructure, transport. We are not going to stand by and allow nothing to be done when people are facing difficulties.”

Some 30,000 jobs will be in the school repair programme. Another priority will be jobs in digital industries - especially in infrastructure projects such as high-speed broadband. The Prime Minister is also studying 10 specific projects on alternative energy sources and he denied that the recession would see green issues shelved, adding: “Rather than pushing the environment into a lower order of priority, the environment is part of the solution.”

Investments in eco-friendly projects such as electric cars and wind and wave power would also help create new jobs.

The Prime Minister told the newspaper that he is also considering providing funding to ailing firms to help them retain staff by moving them to part-time working and using the remaining time for training. Such a scheme is currently being pioneered by Nissan as a way of avoiding redundancies at its manufacturing plants. 

 

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