Labour must embrace devolution in the age of automation

Writing for Labour List, Andrew Carter argues that embracing devolution will enable Labour to deliver on their ambitions to empower people and places in the coming age of automation

Press release published on 1 March 2018 by Andrew Carter

As a recent Centre for Cities report showed, changes sweeping the world of work will bring opportunities, but will also pose significant challenges for people and places across the country – and could result in as many as 1 in 5 jobs in British cities being displaced by 2030.

Jeremy Corbyn has spoken on several occasions of the need to embrace the opportunities that technological change will bring, while also ensuring that workers and consumers are empowered by these developments, not left behind.

This thinking is at the heart of Labour’s plans for a new national education service (NES), the party’s key policy idea for helping people prepare for the changing world of work. Angela Rayner, the shadow education minister, has promised that it will “transform the lives of individuals and society” by providing free education “from the cradle to the grave”.

Read more in Labour List.

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