Direct Line axes hundreds of North West jobs

Direct Line is making 565 staff redundant across the North West. Its closing an office in Liverpool, axing 485 posts there, and shedding 80 jobs in Manchester. The insurer says it hopes to transfer some workers to other sites.

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Jobs axe was "not an easy decision" says Direct Line boss

Direct Line insists it will try to find work for hundreds of staff made redundant across the North West.

Bosses told 485 workers in Liverpool that their office will close. 80 people at the firm's Manchester site also face losing their jobs.

The firm is cutting costs nationwide.

The proposed closure of our Liverpool claims centre was not an easy decision to make and we understand the effect this announcement has on our people. We have now commenced a period of consultation with those potentially affected and they will be supported by their employee representative bodies.

While this is currently a proposal, the plan is not immediate. In the months to follow we aim to do as much a possible to mitigate the impact of potential redundancy through redeployment and by working with employers in the local area to identify opportunities.

– Steve Maddock, Managing Director of Claims, Direct Line Group

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