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Three Care homes set to close in Birmingham

Public service union UNISON West Midlands have today confirmed that it is in discussions with Four Seasons Care Homes regarding the closure of three of their sites in the region, Heath House in Kings Norton, Ivy House in West Heath and Oaklands in Moseley. Ravi Subramanian, UNISON West Midlands Regional Secretary said:

“UNISON is in consultation with Four Seasons Care Homes over the closure of these three properties in the region. We are involved in discussions with the company to try and reduce, as far as possible, the need for compulsory redundancies. We are hopeful that as many staff as possible will transfer to other care homes owned by the company across the region. While staff within the homes are understandably concerned for their own future, they are working hard to support and care for the residents”

– Ravi Subramanian, UNISON West Midlands

Rachael Junge, Regional Managing Director at Four Seasons said:

“The wellbeing of residents is our priority and we will work closely with Birmingham City Council’s Social Services team to ensure that the residents and their families are supported to find suitable alternative placements. We hope they will choose to move to another of our homes in the area, although it is entirely their choice. We will continue to provide care while we allow plenty of time for the most appropriate arrangements to be made for all residents and we will do everything we can to ensure there is no disruption to their care during the transition."

– Rachael Junge, Four Seasons

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Rugeley coal power plant to close by end of next month

Rugeley coal power plant in Staffordshire will close by the end of June this year because of worsening conditions for coal generation, operator Engie said on Friday.

General view of Rugeley Power Station and the sunset over Etching Hill, Staffordshire Credit: Edward Smith / EMPICS Entertainment

The 1 gigawatt plant in the West Midlands county of Staffordshire is jointly owned by French power and gas group Engie and Mitsui & Co and can provide enough electricity to power a million homes.

The company has ruled out compulsory redundancies before the end of June.

Engie is planning a staged reduction in the number of employees on site in line with its decommissioning plan.

– Statement from Engie

British power company SSE will keep open its Fiddler's Ferry coal-fired power station near Manchester until at least March 31, 2017, having previously said it was likely to close this year.

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Business Secretary grilled by MPs over steel crisis

The business secretary has said that he would not have travelled to Australia and missed crisis talks over the sale of British steel plants, "if he had known how it would be reported."

Appearing before the Business Select Committee today, Sajid Javid said he did not believe a decision to immediately close the plants would be taken when he went on the March 29 trade mission.

"Obviously it was very far from home," he said. "I turned around and came back as quickly as I could."

He faced calls to quit after taking his teenage daughter on the trip to Sydney, instead of attending a meeting in Mumbai about the South Wales plant.

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Business Secretary to be questioned over steel crisis

The Business Secretary is to be questioned by MPs today over the crisis in the steel industry and the current efforts to save thousands of jobs.

Sajid Javid has already visited steel workers in Port Talbot. Credit: PA

Sajid Javid will appear before the Business Select Committee as the search continues to find a buyer for Tata Steel's UK assets.

Tata Chief Executive Bimlendra Jha, Gareth Stace of trade group UK Steel and Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of the Community union, will also appear before the Committee.

Other witnesses will include Marc Meyohas of Greybull Capital, which is buying Tata's plant at Scunthorpe.

Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of the Community union, will also appear before the Committee. Credit: PA

Prime Minister David Cameron visited the Tata Steel works in Port Talbot on Tuesday to assure workers, unions and bosses of the Government's commitment to support the future of steel-making at the under-threat plant. Mr Rickhuss said the Prime Minister had "looked proud steelworkers in the eye and promised to do all he could to protect their jobs", and said his union would "hold him at his word".

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Intelligent Energy proposing to cut 200 jobs

A technology company based in Loughborough is proposing to cut 200 jobs, according to reports.

Proactive Investors said Intelligent Energy is also planning the closure of some offices, with the majority of the job losses expected to take place in the UK.

It is reported that the hydrogen fuel cells group will now focus on its smaller applications for its technology such as drones and powering mobile phone towers.

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PM: Government 'doing everything it can' but 'no guarantees'

Prime Minister David Cameron has said the government is "doing everything it can" to try to secure the future of steel making in Port Talbot and elsewhere in the UK but has warned "there can be no guarantees of success".

Speaking following an emergency steel crisis meeting to discuss the future of the industry after Tata Steel said it was selling off its UK assets he said the focus was now on finding a buyer.

After the meeting Cameron also tweeted that workers and their families would remain a "priority" while trying to find a solution to the current steel industry crisis.

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