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Should there be a Minister for Logistics?

23 January 2024

The UK’s next government must appoint a Minister for Logistics and Supply Chain if future growth is to be driven across the whole economy, according to business group Logistics UK.

LAUNCHING THE organisation’s Election Manifesto, which is aimed at the political parties as they prepare for the next general election, chief executive David Wells OBE stressed that focusing on investment and growth in the logistics industry would bring dividends for the UK’s whole economy.

“Giving logistics a voice at the heart of government would ensure that the needs of industry and business are heard, and that our sector can work with government to drive up the country’s productivity.

“The establishment of a cross-Whitehall Logistics Productivity Forum, led by a dedicated logistics and supply chain government minister, would ensure that benefits from our sector can be delivered to the whole economy.”

Logistics UK’s Manifesto 2024 Unleashing the power of logistics to drive growth across the whole economy also suggests:

  • Skills partnerships and reforms to funding models to ensure a continued pipeline of talent is attracted into the sector, with continued support for the successful Generation Logistics campaign which focuses on raising awareness of the opportunities the sector offers
  • Innovative and integrated infrastructure, backed by investment in a national logistics network
  • A fair transition to a green economy, underpinned by an agreed roadmap to net zero, depending on the availability of technology, infrastructure investment, regulatory reform and tax incentives
  • Backing for trade as a driver of innovation and productivity, with reduced border friction through new and expanded trading relationships with Europe and the rest of the world

To find out more about the asks of the logistics sector, the full Logistics UK 2024 Manifesto can be found at https://logistics.org.uk/research-hub/policies/logistics-uk-2024-manifesto