Sarah Champion MP reacts to APPG Steel report
The All-Party-Parliamentary-Group on Steel and Metal Related industries has today released a report outlining a blueprint on the future of the British steel industry.
The report from the cross party group of MPs representing steelmaking communities offers a substantial plan for how the UK Government and the devolved administrations could reshape policy to turn the fortunes of the steel industry around.
Reacting to the release of the Steel 2020 APPG Report, Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham, said:
The steel industry is at the heart of Rotherham's local economy. Its success is vital to both Rotherham, and indeed Britain's economic prosperity. Yet the Government has overseen the worst crisis in the industry's history, culminating in Tata's decision to sell its UK steel business.
If we are to ensure a stable and prosperous future for our steel industry, the Government must act to address the crisis without delay.
It must take action to tackle the crippling energy costs that have hamstrung the British Steel Industry. UK energy prices for intensive users are 84% higher than the EU average. It is hard to see how the industry can hope to compete if this is allowed to continue.
The Government needs set out its position for future trade agreements to the industry and act to end the uncertainty brought about by the decision to leave the European Union. It must also commit to utilising British steel in future infrastructure projects wherever possible.
We have the expertise, the experience and the skilled workforce needed to lead the world in the production of high quality steel. The industry can drive innovation and deliver well-paid, skilled jobs. But this cannot happen while steel continues to have one hand tied behind its back.
Notes to Editors:
- For a full link to the report, see: here
- Sarah Champion is a member of the APPG on Steel and Metal Related Industries
- The document released today, titled Steel 2020, is the product of an inquiry conducted in collaboration with the University of Leeds Business School. Testimony was collected from industry experts ranging from business leaders, R&D specialists, and the workforce, through to the European Commission, international trade body representatives, politicians, and local authorities
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