Ask an economist anything about the ongoing supply crisis

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aAs we get closer and closer to Christmas, the ongoing supply crunch affecting the festive period is becoming a very real concern for many.

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Whether it is Brexit or the post-pandemic effects, supply shortages are real and it is in many sectors, be it energy suppliers, butchers or lorry drivers.

Boris Johnson’s government claims supply issues are a global problem as supermarkets have empty shelves, fuel supply disruptions and a backlog at ports.


Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps claimed on Friday that “our supply chain is very strong” – but cannot guarantee there will be no shortages for Christmas.

The cabinet minister also claimed that returning to uncontrolled immigration would not solve the country’s problems – but was accused of hypocrisy by an organization representing lorry drivers.

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Shapps has announced emergency plans to lift the limit on the number of deliveries foreign lorry drivers can make in the UK by six months. But the Road Haulage Association (RHA) complained that it would undercut British drivers.

Rod McKenzie of the RHA said, “Foreign companies and drivers have been allowed to come on a fortnightly basis for up to six months to do unlimited work at reduced rates, reducing UK haulliers.”

The questions many people want answered are “How long will this last?”, “How bad will it be?” and “How much will this affect the price of everyday items?”

To help answer some of these questions and to help you put in some context and statistics for the scenarios going on in the country, independent economist Julian Jessop will be on this page on Monday, October 18 at 4 p.m. on your supply crises. will answer the questions.

Julian has over thirty years of experience in the public sector, city and consulting and was most recently Chief Economist at the Institute for Economic Affairs.

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