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Redcar workers 'innocent victims' of steelworks closure

The Government has pledged £80 million to help Redcar and the steel workers who lost their jobs when the SSI plant closed.

The news came after thai firm which owned the steel work plant on Teesside, announced on Friday it was going into liquidation.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid said the money would help the employees who were the "innocent victims" in the company's collapse.

ITN News Scotland correspondent Debi Edward reports:

Drivers with VW 'cheat' software won't pay more tax

1.1 million UK cars are affected by the Volkswagen scandal. Credit: Niall Carson / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Drivers who own vehicles fitted with Volkswagen's illegal emissions-cheating software will not be forced to pay more in car tax, the government has confirmed.

The car manufacturer has admitted that 11 million of its diesel vehicles worldwide have been fitted with the software - with 1.1 million UK vehicles affected.

British authorities have launched an investigation to ensure cars are re-tested to compare laboratory results with their real-life emissions output.

Tax on UK vehicles is calculated based on CO2 emissions output.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: "Our priority is to protect the public and give them full confidence in diesel tests.

"The Government expects VW to support owners of these vehicles already purchased in the UK and we are playing our part by ensuring no-one will end up with higher tax costs as a result of this scandal."

Redcar steelworks in Teesside to go into liquidation

The plant is set to close after more than 100 years of steel making. Credit: PA

Thai firm SSI, owners of the Redcar steelworks, is to go into liquidatio.

Sources told the Press Association that the board had applied to wind up the Teesside business, with a formal announcement being made later today.

The move followed a Government has announcement of an £80 million package to support workers who have lost their jobs at the huge steel plant.

A steel summit will be held on October 16, involving steel companies, MPs, unions and governments to discuss the future of the industry

Government pledges £80m to support SSI steel workers

The Government has announced an £80 million package to support workers who have lost their jobs at a huge steel plant in Teesside.

Around 1,700 jobs are being axed at the Redcar site after Thai owner SSI announced it was mothballing iron and steelmaking.

The money includes funding for workers to train at local further education colleges and to help them start up their own business.

Chancellor George Osborne said the support package would help make sure Teesside is "growing and strong in the future".


France opens suspected deception inquiry into Volkswagen

France's prosecutor in Paris has opened a preliminary inquiry into Volkswagen for suspected aggravated deception, the prosecutor's office has said.

Volkswagen has admitted that 11 million of its diesel vehicles worldwide were fitted with software to cheat emissions tests. Credit: PA

It comes after the car manufacturer admitted 11 million of its diesel vehicles worldwide were fitted with defeat device software which led testers into believing their vehicles met environmental standards.

Volkswagen suspending sale of 4,000 vehicles in Britain

Volkswagen is suspending the sale of 4,000 vehicles in Britain in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal.

A VW spokesman said the suspension applies to models across the Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Seat brands.

It affects just three per cent of cars in stock and they are vehicles that have not been registered yet.

The vehicles contain the EA 189 engines which are fitted with software that was used to con emissions testers in the US.

He added that it was a measure taken in order to fix the software before they are sold.

A company spokesman said: "As a voluntary measure we have suspended the sale of unsold diesel vehicle stocks that have the EA 189 engines."

He added: "It is a temporary halt on sale until a technical fix is applied to the cars."

VW announced yesterday that more than 1.1 million vehicles in the UK are affected by the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal.

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