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Cheshire MP 'disappointed' with redundancy terms for Bosley Mill workers

Cheshire MP David Rutley says he's very disappointed at the way workers at a former wood flour mill in Cheshire are being treated. It's three weeks since the blast which killed four people at the plant near Macclesfield and surviving workers have been told they'll lose their jobs. A fundraising appeal set up to help those affected continued its good work today at the National Sheepdog trials. They've already raised over 50 thousand pounds.

Sheepdog trials in Macclesfield Credit: Granada Reports

Watch Cheshire MP David Rutley & Ian Nixon, Chairman of the Macclesfield & District Sheepdog trials


Thousands of North West jobs at risk as Whistl ends home delivery service

Hundreds of postal jobs in the North West are at risk after the delivery company Whistl confirmed it is ending its home delivery service.

The Dutch-owned company set up to rival Royal Mail took the decision after one of its investors pulled out.

It employs almost 700 staff here in the North West. Our correspondent Rob Smith has been talking to one of its employees who's now searching for work.

Cleaning firm hopes to create 700 jobs

A cleaning and security firm is aiming to create 700 new jobs under expansion plans.

Warrington-based Westgrove Group said it planned to diversify into new industry sectors and boost turnover to over £30 million.

Steve Fives, who helped set up the firm, said the plan was to expand the workforce by 300 this year through 50 additional contracts.

"We're looking to be a viable alternative to the 'big boys', the plc's that dominate our industry," he said.


Blackpool Council hit by job losses

It's expected 250 permanent jobs and 100 contract positions will be lost in each of the next two financial years.

This year each and every service is expected to make a saving, some greater than others but they will all start the next financial year with less staff or money to do their job.

We have looked over every single penny we spend and prioritised accordingly.

For the last four years all we have had is brutal cut after brutal cut.

The prospect of losing £36 million over the next two financial years is incomprehensible.

– Simon Blackburn, Leader of Blackpool Council

Blackpool council leader says "brutal" cuts mean tough times ahead

Blackpool Council says it's facing £36million in budget cuts. Credit: PA

Blackpool Council has warned staff it's cutting 700 jobs over the next two years.

The authority says it needs to axe the jobs to make savings as it deals with a £36m budget shortfall.

Council Leader Simon Blackburn said the authority has: "looked over every single penny we spend and prioritised accordingly."

Region has its work cut out, says survey

Job search: A woman scours ads in the hope of finding work Credit: PA Images

Job confidence in the North West is the second lowest in the country, according to the careers service. It looked at whether people felt they had the right skills and qualifications and whether they were encouraged by signs of economic recovery.

Over 4,000 people in England took part in the index, which is based on seven areas ranging from job and personal experience to qualifications and opportunities. It shows an overall job confidence score of 51.8 out of 100.

The picture across the country is a relatively consistent one but whilst job confidence is highest in London and the South East of England, confidence is lowest in the West Midlands.

The North West was second lowest with a rate of 51.2 out of 100 .

Joe Billington, director of the National Careers Service, said: "While people are slowly becoming more confident, we see significant numbers of people who need support and encouragement to take the right steps to a new job."

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