Stockton Direct Line job cuts: Group offers support

A task force has been set up to support 530 insurance workers on Teesside who have been made redundant.

Last month, Direct Line said it was closing its office in Stockton as part of a cost-cutting review.

The group, made up of representatives from Stockton Council, JobCentre Plus and the North East Chamber of Commerce, has met for the first time.

Other companies in the area are being contacted about vacancies and a number of job fairs are being organised.

'Difficult time'

Some staff have already found alternative posts, while others have taken up further education opportunities, the council said.

Stockton Council's chief executive, Neil Schneider, said: "This is a very difficult time for the employees at Direct Line who know their contracts will be coming to an end next summer, so we want to do all we can to ease this worrying situation for them.

"I'm hopeful we will be able to develop a full support package that the employees will be able to access once the consultation period relating to their redundancy comes to an end.

"I'm glad this process is now under way and I'm pleased to see a combined willingness from so many organisations to help identify future job and training opportunities when they are most needed.

"Stockton Riverside College is already meeting with Direct Line staff on a regular basis and a number of employees have signed up to a variety of courses."

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