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A Government grant scheme designed to help boost growth and jobs in our region has been branded "scandalous" by a committee of MPs.

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Supermarket giants to cut 2,600 management posts

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Bradford-based supermarket giants Morrisons has today begun discussions with staff and unions about a simpler management structure , which will result in the loss of 2,600 jobs.

The changes would modernise the way stores are managed with the aim of reducing in-store management tiers, simplifying responsibilities and improving customer service.

Some Morrisons stores currently have seven tiers between the shop floor and the store manager.

The company has already trialled the new management structures and fsya that it led to stronger performance.

Dalton Philips, Morrisons Chief Executive, said: “This is the right time to modernise the way our stores are managed. These changes will improve our focus on customers and lead to simpler, smarter ways of working.

“We know that moving to the new management structure will mean uncertainty for our colleagues and we will be supporting them through the process.”

Implementing the new store structure would bring together department managers and supervisor positions into a single and smaller tier of team managers. From this group Morrisons is proposing to promote 1,000 into new duty manager roles to strengthen the senior management team in each store.

Morrisons expects the proposed changes to the management structure will involve around 2,600 redundancies.

This year, 1,000 jobs will be created in Morrisons M local convenience stores and an additional 3,000 in new supermarkets. Morrisons will look to offer displaced colleagues the opportunity to work in these growing businesses.

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Two in five earning below living wage

Two in five jobs in the region pay less than the living wage according to the Trades Union Congress.

That's worse than the national average. The figures are released as today marks the 15th anniversary of the introduction of the minimum wage.

The living wage, not to be confused with minimum wage, is £7.65 outside London and is measured by the cost of everyday items such as food, housing and healthcare.

Project to create more and better jobs in Leeds

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A four-year plan to create more and better jobs in Leeds is being launched today.

A new partnership between the charity, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and Leeds City Region will work to ensure that people and places in poverty can benefit from economic growth.

The initiative will bring together local employers, local authorities and local and regional politicians to design and deliver new policy initiatives and approaches.

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Investment to create hundreds of Yorkshire jobs

Nick Clegg will visit West Yorkshire to meet workers Credit: PA

Hundreds of jobs will be created in West Yorkshire thanks to a multi million pound investment from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, the Deputy Prime Minister will announce today.

Bed manufacturing company Harrison Spinks will get more than £2 million from the Fund to help create 138 jobs and safeguard 40 jobs in Leeds. This will be matched with £4.5 million from the private sector.

They will use the money to further develop a recyclable spring technology to replace foam products in their beds.

Normanton-based company Really Useful Products has also secured £1 million of investment to help create 175 jobs. The storage box company will use the investment to install new machinery and expand their factory. It has also secured nearly £6 million of private investment.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

“Investment allows these ambitious companies, in Yorkshire and across the country, to grow and create more jobs. It boosts the local economy, and helps fuel Britain’s economy."

Closure fears for Eggborough power station

Seven hundred jobs are at risk amid fears that Eggborough Power Station may be forced to close by the end of 2015, after the Government confirmed it would NOT fund plans to convert the coal-fired plant to green energy production.

The Energy Secretary announced that only ten green projects would get funding and Eggborough was not on the list.

Gaynor Barnes talks to Paul Cook from Eggborough Power Limited, Operations Officer Paul Tomlinson and Energy Minister Michael Fallon in her report.

Eggborough bosses warn of 2015 closure

Eggborough Power Station
Eggborough Power Station Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Bosses at Eggborough Power Station have today revealed that the decision by the Government not to fund a conversion to biomass burning will mean the plant will close by 2015.

The coal fired station which currently generates 4% of the UK’s capacity was due to undertake a full modernisation including a complete conversion to renewable biomass.

But following the Government's confirmatiuon that it would not fund the conversion, which was due to start on January 6 , 2014, a £17m contract with supply partners for preliminary work on the conversion project that was due to be signed today has been suspended pending further developments.

Eggborough bosses have also announced that work due to start next year to keep its number 2 generating unit online will not now go ahead. The consequence is that Unit 2 would no longer be operational from September 2014, removing 1% capacity from the UK electricity grid.

In addition Eggborough’s management now believes that the plant will no longer be supplying power to the grid beyond 2015.

Eggborough Chief Executive Neil O’Hara said: **“Unless a viable solution is found with Government, the most likely outcome now is that Eggborough will no longer be supplying electricity to the grid beyond 2015.

Impending EU regulation and the escalating impact of the carbon price floor mean this is unfortunately the rational economic conclusion based on the information we have available at this time.”

Closure fears for power station

Eggborough Power Station
Eggborough Power Station Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Seven hundred jobs are at risk amid fears that Eggborough Power Station may be forced to close by the end of 2015 after the Government today confirmed it would not fund plans to convert the coal-fired plant to green energy production.

In a written statement the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey revealed the ten energy projects which would get Government funding and Eggborough was not on the list.

This was despite Selby MP Nigel Adams making a last ditch appeal to the Government to get funding to convert the North Yorkshire plant to burning biomass..

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