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Detail and creativity needed for jobs, not rhetoric

Chancellor Rishi Sunak left out the detail in his Conservative Party conference speech, according to one regional business leader.

Mr Sunak spoke yesterday at the virtual conference, reiterating he could not save every job and admitting the "pain of knowing it grows with each passing day".

But Ian Mean, Gloucestershire director of Business West, accused him of missing out the detail of what happens next.

He said" This was a speech that should have been jam packed with creative ideas to save jobs.

"It was long on rhetoric but very short in length and in detail.

"With his very creative furlough jobs retention scheme due to close on October 31, there was little here to give hope to what we believe will be a tsunami of job losses."

And he said there was a complete lack of information on the new Jobs Entry Targeted Support scheme, which launched in parts of the country - including Gloucestershire - yesterday.

"The heart of this £238million plan seems to be the recruitment by the Department for Work and Pensions of an additional 13,500 work coaches, doubling the total number to 27 000," he said.

"But where is the overall plan - particularly for young people?"

He continued: "The Department of Work and Pensions needs to get its act together.

"It needs to be working jointly with further education colleges, local enterprise partnerships and councils in a strong, connected approach to the biggest wave of job losses we have experienced."

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