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Maidstone to be hit by job losses

Another 236 jobs are being axed at insurance giant Direct Line, including some in Maidstone, as the Churchill owner slashes costs to save £100 million.

Direct Line Group said the roles would be cut across divisions including its commercial underwriting operation and risk and compliance function.

The cuts come after a raft of redundancies already announced by the group this year, with nearly 900 call centre and other roles cut and around 70 senior management jobs lost.

But Direct Line said it was also hoping to create a number of new jobs under a reorganisation and would help employ affected staff elsewhere in the business or with other employers.

Paul Geddes, chief executive, said the cuts were "essential to ensure we are as efficient and competitive as possible".

As always, I have not made these proposed changes lightly and understand the impact they will have on our people, and we will do all we can to support those affected."

– Paul Geddes, chief executive of Direct Line Group