South Scotland

Dumfries firm R&D's worker redundancy payouts welcomed

A south of Scotland MP has welcomed the announcement that redundancy payments to building firm workers could be made earlier than expected.

About 200 workers were affected when R&D Construction in Dumfries went into administration last month.

It was thought they would not receive redundancy money before the end of May.

However, Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown paid tribute to efforts by the Insolvency Service to allow claims to be processed by next week.

"I welcome the work the Insolvency Service has put in to get the work done quickly," the Labour MP said.

"They recognised the need to get the former R&D workers their redundancy money as quickly as possible and put extra staff in to get the job done.

"Rather than the end of month it now looks like the workforce will get the redundancy money and holiday pay they are owed at the end of next week."

Mr Brown said the funds would be welcomed by the workers.

"I have spoken with some of them and I know they are finding it difficult and the bills are mounting up," he said.

"The uncertainty makes life even more difficult and I hope getting the money in the bank will makes things a little easier.

"Of course, my top priority remains getting these construction sites open again so the workforce can get back to work."

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