Redcar MP Anna Turley has responded to the latest support package for former SSI steelworkers:
I am pleased this funding has finally arrived from central government after weeks of waiting which has caused frustration and anxiety for many families.
Since the promise of £80 million was made several weeks ago, it has shrunk to £50 million and numerous obstacles to accessing it have been put in our way by Whitehall. I am relieved we can now get on with making sure this support gets to the workers, their families, and the local businesses who need it.
I know the local taskforce have put in a lot of work preparing these support schemes and my focus now will be ensuring it is delivered. With Christmas fast approaching, it is vital steelworkers and their families are not left struggling."
New figures show nearly a thousand people who worked for companies that supplied the SSI Redcar have been made redundant since it closed.
A new programme to help find jobs for steelworkers hit by a wave of redundancies will be chaired by the former deputy prime minister.
More than 800 jobs have been lost at Tees Valley firms that supplied the SSI steelworks in Redcar.