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Kerr: Precision Engineering closure a 'big blow' to the Borders

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Calum Kerr has responded to the news that Borders Precision Engineering, in Kelso, has gone into liquidation.

Up to 80 staff have lost their jobs following the collapse of the company.

The MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk said the closure was a 'big blow' to the region.

I am hugely concerned to hear about what has happened at Border Precision. This is a big blow to Kelso and the Borders and obviously a very worrying time for the workforce and their families.

“I am currently seeking urgent meetings with those involved to see if I can be of any assistance and if there may be a future for the business.

“I will also be contacting Fergus Ewing, the Enterprise Minister in the Scottish Government, to arrange an urgent discussion and to find out what kind of help he may be able to make available.”

– Calum Kerr, MP

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Unemployment falls in Border region

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Unemployment nationally is at a seven-year low of 1.83 million, official figures showed today.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance last month also fell by 12,600 to 763,800, said the Office for National Statistics.

In Cumbria, the number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance last month was 4,042. The previous month it had been 4,309.

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fewer people claimed JSA in Cumbria last month compared to the previous month

Similarly, last month's figures fell in the Scottish Borders, down to 1,1138 from 1,1213

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fewer people claimed JSA in the Scottish Borders last month compared to the previous month

Dumfries and Galloway also saw a drop, from 1,896 to 1,783.

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fewer people claimed JSA in Dumfries and Galloway last month compared to the previous month
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