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Cameron on SSI package: 'If more is needed we will provide more'

The Prime Minister has told ITV News more financial help could be made available to workers who have lost their jobs at SSI UK.

David Cameron said it is very difficult for the Redcar workforce, but the business had never been out of losses and did not have a secure future,

He also said he is making sure the Communities Secretary, Greg Clark, and Business Secretary, Sajid Javid, do everything they can to help people through the £80 million rescue package, and senior cabinet ministers have been visiting Redcar to listen to workers' concerns.

Speaking to political correspondent Paul Brand, the Prime Minister addressed worries the bulk of the package would go on redundancies, not training opportunities:


SSI UK: Update from Government Insolvency Service

The Official Receiver is continuing to establish the affairs of the company and discussing the future use of its assets with interested parties.

Some 650 staff were retained over the weekend to operate the Redcar Coke Ovens and manage the site in a safe manner. Staffing requirements are being kept under daily review. The ovens continue to be maintained.

On Friday David Kelly, Toby Underwood and Ian Green from PwC were appointed as special managers and continue to assist and support the Official Receiver in the discharge of his duties.

Former SSI workers are able to make a claim for redundancy and other entitlements from the Redundancy Payments Service (RPS).

Redundancy payments enquiry line: 0330 331 0020


Diners tuck in to first South Tyneside Restaurant Week

The first South Tyneside Restaurant Week is underway giving diners a chance to try something new for a discounted price.

Organised by the council, it is running across the borough until Saturday October 10th, with visitors enjoying a range of special two and three course menus.

Those taking part, including restaurants in Boldon, Jarrow, Hebburn and South Shields, have each developed their own unique offering.

We hope this will encourage diners from South Tyneside and further afield to take advantage of the special offers available until Saturday and to come and sample some of the fantastic cuisine that the borough has to offer.

– Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council

For a full list of those taking part, including their individual menus and prices, visit

SSI UK: Hargreaves updates stock exchange

Hargreaves has released an update to the UK Stock Market clarifying its position.

  • Contrary to press speculation over the weekend, Hargreaves has never contemplated buying the steelworks with a view to re-starting the blast furnace when market conditions improve.
  • The company is willing to support any viable plan that can be developed to prevent the coke ovens from being destroyed. In the absence of such a plan being developed and implemented, we have prepared plans to wind down operations on site with immediate effect.
  • The liquidation of SSI will leave the company with coal and coke stocks of approximately £14m. These stock positions have been very carefully managed and monitored and will be turned into cash in an orderly fashion over the next twelve months.
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