Advantage’s chief executive has blasted Boris Johnson for failing to appreciate “the tsunami about to hit the industry”.
Speaking after the prime minister gave his speech at his party conference, Julia Lo Bue-Said criticised “the government’s real lack of understanding” about the industry’s situation going into the winter.
“We have all been operating in a tidal wave with a tsunami about to hit.”
She said members had calculated they could survive for a limited period. “We all looked at it and said four, six months is fine; eight months at a push.
“The next stage for us is trying to support members through the mental health crisis that is upon us.”
Lo Bue-Said said nothing in Johnson’s speech had reassured her, with the headline announcement appearing to be about wind turbines.
Lo Bue-Said, who was taking part in Elman Wall’s Covid-19 update, said she was “all in favour” of eco initiatives, but added: “I have got members who can’t put food on the table. I’m struggling to get excited about wind power.”