Mark Wilson the Chief Executive issued this statement:
I know this is difficult news for our employees but these changes are essential if we are to remain competitive.
Aviva needs to become a more efficient and agile organisation to unlock its potential. We must take tough decisions on costs to provide our customers with great value products and ensure our future success. I am determined that Aviva gets through this phase of our business transformation as quickly as possible.
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The weather stays humid for now and there's a risk of intense thunderstorms later today and overnight. Cooler and drier this weekend.
It will be a largely cloudy but humid day with the risk of hit-and-miss heavy showers and thunderstorms.
It will turn dull and misty again overnight but it will stay mild. Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy with a risk of localised heavy showers.