The wells constituency suffers from a low wage economy with just under 4 out of 10 workers
earning less than the living wage. Its simply not good enough, says Chris Inchley.
We need to be much more active in schools developing the aspirations of young people and better teaching of careers, with greater partnership working including work experience to create a greater understanding of the needs of the local economy.
There must be a higher emphasis on quality of apprenticeships, they must be seen by both employers and young people as important as higher education, government has to encourage employers to invest in in work training, developing skills that can lead to greater productivity and profitability leading to better wages.
In the last few years businesses have struggled to raise finance to invest in their businesses, I want to see regional investment banks that can deliver finance to build businesses to create wealth.
Government has to do more with infrastructure, the lethargic pace of the roll out of super fast broadband needs to be speeded up, especially into our rural communities and throughout the Wells Constituency.
We need to invest in our transport network, for too many communities public transport is poor and many depend on this to access jobs and services
A package of training, investment and improvements in local infrastructure can deliver a more prosperous economy and that’s what I’ll fight for if I’m elected.