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EEF comment on the Queen's speech
25 January 2013
Commenting on the Queens Speech, EEF director of Policy, Steve Radley, said: "The most important milestone ahead for manufacturers is certain to be the emergency budget, followed by the spending review later this year, but this programme does contain a number of important measures...
On Energy and the Green Economy, EEF energy adviser Roger Salomone, said: "Energy security and climate change issues are critical for manufacturers and it will be our sector that will provide many of the solutions to the challenges which they create. The proposed Bill must deliver reforms to strengthen the UK's often fragile security of energy supply, while measures to promote energy efficiency should be aimed at both consumers and business so that all sectors of the economy share the burden of reducing emissions."
On Pensions, EEF head of employment policy, David Yeandle, added: "Industry recognises that the state pension age may now have to be raised more quickly than previously planned to help address the public sector deficit. However, this must be done gradually and in a way that allows those close to retirement sufficient time to make the necessary preparations. It would be unfair to force people to have to re-arrange their financial affairs and retirement plans at short notice."
On Welfare Reform, David Yeandle, added: "It should be a fundamental principle of any modern society to reduce the number of people who rely on state benefits and welfare reform must have this aim as a central plank. However, employers must not be expected to shoulder all the burden for getting people off benefits and must be given support to provide work opportunities, especially for those who have been out of the labour market for some time."