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Military drivers will be deployed to deliver fuel to forecourts from Monday as the UK’s crisis of shortages continues ahead of what many fear will be a tough winter.
Almost 200 military personnel – including 100 drivers – have been undertaking training at haulier sites and will start deliveries to help relieve the situation at petrol stations, which the government insists is stabilising.
It came as ministers announced that a temporary visa scheme for nearly 5,000 foreign food haulage drivers that was due to expire on 24 December will now be extended to the end of February.
“These shortages are very real. We’re seeing real disruptions in supply chains in different sectors, not just here but around the world,” Mr Sunak warned.
Fuel situation is ‘stabilising’ in most parts of UK, Javid says
The fuel situation is “stabilising” in most parts of the UK, a minister has said, as the military is brought in to deliver petrol to forecourts.
Health secretary Sajid Javid told Sky News: “I think it is right as a precaution that the government has asked the military to help.
“I think that is the right measure to take to make sure that people have all the confidence that they need.”
You can find his comments in full below:
Conrad Duncan2 October 2021 08:25
Sunak warns shortages could continue until Christmas ahead of ‘challenging’ winter
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has warned that shortages could continue until Christmas as supply chain issues are a global problem.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Mr Sunak also admitted that millions of families were facing a “challenging” winter amid a combination of rising energy prices, shortages and the end of the furlough scheme.
“These shortages are very real. We’re seeing real disruptions in supply chains in different sectors, not just here but around the world,” the Cabinet minister said.
“We are determined to do what we can to try to mitigate as much of this as we can.”
However, the chancellor added that he believed the UK could think about its future with “a renewed sense of confidence and optimism”, despite the multiple crises causing disruption to people’s lives.
Conrad Duncan2 October 2021 08:16
Army to deliver petrol to pumps from Monday in bid to tackle shortages
The military will start delivering fuel to petrol stations from next week in a bid to tackle the ongoing supply crisis caused by a shortage of HGV drivers and panic buying.
Ministers have said that the mobilisation of troops will help to “fill in any critical vacancies and help keep the country on the move” ahead of Christmas.
Our reporter, Lamiat Sabin, has the full story below:
Conrad Duncan2 October 2021 08:02
Hello and welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of the UK’s supply crisis today.
Conrad Duncan2 October 2021 07:55