FAQ'sHow many people have lost their jobs as a result of the closure?
- 2066 SSI workers have been made redundant.
- 26 Supply chain companies have announced job losses totalling 849 employees being made redundant.
What help and support is available?
The government announced a package worth up to £80 million to support people who have lost their jobs as a result of the closure of the SSI plant and invest in the future of the Tees Valley economy. Funding approved to date includes:
- Immediate support for SSI staff made redundant through the Redundancy Payment Service.
- A £1.7m package to support the former SSI Apprentices to complete their training.
- Up to £3m in retraining through Redcar and Cleveland, Middlesbrough, Stockton Riverside and Hartlepool colleges.
- A Flexible Support Fund worth £2.6m for further training, including longer-term courses.
- A £15.5m Jobs and Skills Fund to help local firms employ former SSI workers or their spouses in full-time or part-time jobs for a minimum of three years.
- £16m support for firms in the SSI supply chain and wider Tees Valley impacted by the Redcar .steelworks closure, to safeguard jobs, provide the stimulus to create new posts and provide expert assistance to help them expand their business.
- £2.4m Safety Net Fund to help SSI workers deal with the immediate financial impact of the plants closure if they find themselves in crisis, for example if they are at risk of losing their home.
- £1.75m to fund advice and grants to start up a new business.
Is support available for businesses and staff in the supply chain?
The Task Force has worked with the Official Receiver to understand which companies, and how many staff, are affected in the area and across the UK to assess and has offered help to those businesses needing support.
What happens to people who have been made redundant but not as a result of the SSI closure? What support is available for them?
In Redcar and Cleveland, there is a Social Fund Assistance scheme. This scheme can assist with daily living expenses for food and utilities and some travel/clothing expenses for work. The scheme also provides household items such as furniture and white goods on a loan basis. This can be access via the Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council website. Other local authorities have similar schemes Middlesbroughs is called the Community Support Scheme and can be accessed on line via the link below or through a free phone line (0808 1789278).
Back on Track is Stockton-on-Tees welfare assistance scheme which provides emergency crisis and settlement support to residents 16 or over, with a health or safety need due to the crisis and no other means of financial assistance. The support may take the form of a grant or a loan or a combination of the two. Full details can be found at http://www.stockton.gov.uk/backontrack Applications can be made by calling 01642 524180 or by visiting one of our Customer Service Centres.
Jobcentre Plus or the Citizens Advice Bureau will also be able to provide advice and signposting.
What sort of household bills can be paid for SSI workers through the Safety Net Fund?
Money can be provided for essentials like food, heating and clothing, as well as utility bills. Funding will also be available to support mortgage or rent arrears, or finance arrears e.g. car, where repossession is likely and all other avenues of financial support have been explored.
How long will the support be available for?
There is a set amount in the Government support fund, and the Task Force will try to keep the support available as long as it is needed. If funding runs out, there will be an opportunity to ask Government for further support.
What has happened since SSI UK went into liquidation?
Sahaviriya Steel Industries UK Limited (SSI) was wound up in the High Court and the Official Receiver appointed as liquidator.PwC continue to assist and support the Official Receiver as special managers.
Have employees received redundancy payments?
The Redundancy Payments Service has received online redundancy pay applications from 2029 of the former SSI workforce (98.2%), of which 99.7% of payments have been processed.
What is happening regarding long term regeneration of the site?
The Department for Communities and Local Government are investing £3m to start investigations to quantify what type of remediation is needed. The contract will be procured and managed by the Homes and Communities Agency. Work will start in the summer with a report produced by the Autumn. These initial site investigations will be used to inform future master planning for the site.