Anneliese Dodds has set out the Labour Party’s plan for economic recovery after the coronavirus in a speech this morning.
In her first major speech as shadow chancellor, Dodds called on the government to “recognise the scale of the challenge we face” by committing to a “Back to Work Budget focused on jobs, jobs, jobs”.
Dodds also outlined the four tests that Labour will judge the chancellor Rishi Sunak’s ‘Summer Economic Statement’ against.
Labour’s four tests for the statement, which it says must be met “to deliver for Britain” are:
• A focus on creating, supporting and protecting jobs
• That it produces a bounce-back effect across the country
• That every project announced is carbon neutral or carbon reducing
• That the government commits, at the very least, to not increase taxes or cut support for low and middle-income people, during the recovery period
The chancellor will deliver his statement next week.