Comment on the Queen's Speech from business group Logistics UK

Tuesday 11 May 2021

Commenting on the contents of today’s Queen’s Speech, Elizabeth de Jong, Policy Director at Logistics UK said:

“Today’s Queen’s Speech contains some encouraging headlines, but the devil is in the detail, which the logistics sector is awaiting eagerly. The new legislation to be passed before parliament must include a provision to deal with the acute shortage of drivers which our industry has faced for a number of years.  The government needs to make level 2 roles eligible for funding to provide a gateway for new entrants to the industry and recognise the value which logistics businesses at all levels bring to the economy in its planning proposals.”

Logistics UK is one of the UK’s leading business groups, representing logistics businesses which are vital to keeping the UK trading, and more than seven million people directly employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With COVID-19, Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. Logistics UK supports, shapes and stands up for safe and efficient logistics, and is the only business group which represents the whole industry, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the efficient movement of goods.