A decent career for young people and no debt
BRITAIN once had a reputation as a world builder.
Now we don’t even have the bricks to build enough houses.
According to building boss Ian Hodgkinson, there are only 70,000 skilled builders working in Britain.
They are in such demand that some earn £2,500 a week.
So much for Rishi Sunak achieving a target of 300,000 new homes a year.
The government has relaxed immigration rules so that skilled foreign bricklayers, carpenters, plasterers and roofers can come and try to fill the gaps.
But it’s crazy that this nation, with its proud history of world craftsmanship, can’t train more of our own apprentices.
Skills Secretary Robert Halfon says £2.7bn is available to encourage businesses to offer more apprenticeships.
The government needs to make sure it is better spent because not enough young men and women are being incentivized into construction jobs.
Our Builder Better Britain campaign will highlight available training, technical courses and work experience.
The construction industry offers a vital, well-paid career.
And it won’t land young people with duff degrees and £27,000 in student debt.
Sir Softy is very wrong
SOFTIE Keir Starmer howls with fury over government plans to send migrants to Rwanda.
But how can he trust the Labor leader on immigration when he won’t even allow vicious criminals to be deported?
We already know that his plea helped block a flight containing a number of foreign criminals who went on to re-offend in Britain.
Today we reveal that another thug on the same flight who had landed later brutally beat an emergency worker.
This is the opposite of being tough on crime. Labor has no credible alternative to the Rwandan system.
And on criminals and immigration, Sir Softie is dead wrong.
Step on the gas, saps
THE hidden green charges on our energy bills are long overdue for reform.
We welcome Energy Secretary Grant Shapps’ plans to remove the anomaly where electricity is taxed four times more than natural gas.
The move could save electricity-only households up to £100 a year.
But why did it take Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to highlight this madness?
Time to step on the gas, Mr. Sapps, and sort this mess out.