Logistics UK, a leading industry organization, has urged the UK’s upcoming government to appoint a Minister for Logistics and Supply Chain to drive comprehensive economic growth. The organization’s chief executive, David Wells OBE, emphasized the pivotal role of logistics in all sectors of the economy and highlighted the need for focused investment and growth.
Launching the election manifesto, Logistics UK proposed the establishment of a dedicated ministerial role to represent the logistics industry’s interests in government decisions. The manifesto, endorsed by sector leaders, coincided with survey results indicating that fewer than a third of adults believe the government is adequately supporting the logistics sector.
The Ipsos survey revealed that 80% of adults recognize the importance of an efficient logistics sector for the UK’s economic strength. Growing the economy, creating jobs, and keeping goods costs down were identified as top priorities by the public regarding logistics-related policies.
Wells stressed that the logistics sector, contributing over £160 billion annually to the UK’s economy, has the potential to deliver substantial growth and job opportunities with the right government support. He proposed the creation of a cross-Whitehall Logistics Productivity Forum led by a dedicated logistics and supply chain minister.
The manifesto, which will be presented to all political parties ahead of the General Election, advocates for key measures, including skills partnerships, innovative infrastructure, a green economy transition, and support for trade to enhance innovation and productivity.
As the industry faces inflationary pressures, Logistics UK prioritizes keeping costs stable and down. Wells highlighted the need for a dynamic mechanism for fuel duty and tax incentives for low carbon fuels to support investments in green technologies.
The Logistics UK 2024 Manifesto outlines comprehensive policy proposals for the logistics sector’s growth and integration into the broader economy.