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GORDON HENDERSON MP

FOR SITTINGBOURNE & SHEPPEY

Thamesteel Taskforce congratulated for their efforts

27th February 2012
Thamesteel Taskforce congratulated for their efforts

A taskforce set up to help the former workers of Thamesteel and their families has been congratulated by the local MP for their efforts.

Mr Henderson has been working closely with the taskforce, which is made up of representatives from a number of organisations, including Swale Borough Council, Kent County Council and Jobcentre Plus.

The taskforce was set up to provide former workers with advice and support. It has also been putting pressure on the Government to ensure all the redundancy payments are processed as quickly as possible.

This week the taskforce announced:

• Swale Borough Council has created an information leaflet covering a range of issues from how to claim redundancy payments to finding help relating to housing benefit.

• A Family Food Bank has been set up at Seashells in Sheerness using £10,000 of local donations.

• Mid-Kent College has assumed responsibility for covering the training costs of the 9 apprentices and 7 HNC students, who were employed by Thamesteel. Kent County Council is also providing subsidised wages to potential host employers.

• The taskforce is co-ordinating a central index of job opportunities by Kent employers and can be contacted by emailing [email protected] A Work Club has also been set up to help former workers access job opportunities.

• A helpdesk is now open at the Sheerness Gateway in Sheerness High Street to provide advice and support.

Mr Henderson said:

“I congratulate members of the taskforce and the organisations associated with it for in assisting former Thamesteel workers through this difficult time.

“I would like to congratulate also the Insolvency Service for processing a majority of the redundancy claims within 15 days of receiving them from the administrator.

“I will continue to work closely with the administrators and the Government in an effort to find a buyer for Thamesteel who will continue steel making at the plant.”

To keep up to date on progress made by Mr Henderson and the taskforce, Mr Henderson has set up a Thamesteel FAQs page on his constituency website, which can be found by visiting: www.gordonhendersonmp.org.uk. Mr Henderson is also regularly updating his Facebook page, which can be found by visiting: www.facebook.com/gordonhendersonmp.

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