Government's Hinkley Point delay is economic illiteracy

Construction union UCATT has described the Government’s decision to delay a final decision to build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point as “economic illiteracy”.

Just hours after the client EDF confirmed that they had finally made the decision to go ahead with the multi-billion pound project the Government announced it would not make a final decision until the autumn.

Brian Rye, Acting General Secretary of UCATT; said “This is complete economic illiteracy, for the Government to announce a decision to delay the project just hours after EDF had given the go ahead, is an absolute kick in the teeth for the construction industry.”

He added: “At a time when the Government needed to be boosting confidence in construction following the Brexit vote it has instead managed to do the complete opposite and has pulled the rug from under the industry.”

If the Hinkley Point project does finally get the go ahead it will employ over 25,000 construction workers during the course of the project. EDF are also committed to creating 1,000 apprentices

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