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UNISON - British Gas move "a blow for staff"

UNISON has called the possible closure of British Gas Residential’s office in Southampton -with the loss of 500 jobs - a blow for staff and the local economy.The company has told the union it is considering closing the office in Southampton, where the lease is due to finish at the end of next year.

This is obviously very worrying news and a blow for our members working in Southampton. British Gas has been a significant employer in the town for many years and the customer service centre provides a variety of working patterns that are popular with staff especially those with children or other caring responsibilities.

“UNISON’s immediate priority is the interests of our members in Southampton and the impact on British Gas customers. We will rigorously examine the company’s business case with a view to defending our members’ jobs and avoiding compulsory redundancies."

– Mike Jeram, UNISON’s National Energy Secretary

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Homes approved despite protests

Plans for 900 new homes and an industrial estate near Swindon have been approved by the planning inspector - against the wishes of tens of thousands of residents.

The Borough Council rejected the plans for the land between Coate Water Country Park and the Great Western Hospital last year.

But developer Redrow went to a planning inquiry who overturned that decision. Redrow says its paying a lot of money to improve the park alongside the development.

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