WEST Somerset Councillors plan to fight back against central Government as a business rates valuation for Hinkley Point B again threatens the stability of the cash-strapped council. The councillors are planning to lobby Government as the Valuation Office Agency has reviewed nationally and put a rateable value of £29.5m on Hinkley B, less than two years after EDF reduced the value of the station from £12m to just over £8m. The appeal punctured a black hole into West Somerset Council’s finances as it had to pay £1.6m from its reserves to cover part of the refund – and lost £315,000 a year in business rates funding.
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The Heathrow third runway and Hinkley Point C projects have already contributed to skills shortages, according to One Way. An analysis by the specialist construction and rail recruiter found that the choice of building a bridge, rather than a tunnel at Heathrow was mainly due to a shortage of talent. In addition, firms in the South West have already begun to adapt their approaches due to a looming drought of skills brought on by the need for labour at the Hinkley Point C site. One Way has warned that there currently aren’t enough professionals working in the industry to meet demand should it be raised any further.
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The go-ahead for the Hinkley Point nuclear power station should pave the way for future large-scale infrastructure projects across the UK, Unite’s general secretary Len McCluskey said today (Thursday 17 November). The leader of the country’s largest union was visiting the Somerset site today, following the government’s go-ahead for the French energy giant EDF to build the £18 billion project. Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “Hinkley Point represents the large-scale type of infrastructure project that Britain should be developing in the next decade, especially following the Brexit referendum vote. “To see the scale of this operation first-hand and to meet this top-class workforce who fought so hard to deliver this project for the country has been an honour – and this shows once again what unions and business can achieve when they work together. “But this project is also a reminder of the sort of economy that this country needs to take us forward in these uncertain times. “Hinkley Point’s construction will generate thousands of jobs in the south west, including much needed apprenticeships, and will make a vital contribution to meeting the energy needs of the country.
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