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CUMBRIA DETERMINED TO RETAIN CAPITA PRESENCE IN COUNTY

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Cumbria CC leader Rex Toft has reinforced the council's commitment to ensuring Capita retain an employment base in ...
Cumbria CC leader Rex Toft has reinforced the council's commitment to ensuring Capita retain an employment base in Maryport following the recent announcement by the company that they had been forced to issue redundancy notices to 25 staff employed on the 'Transport for London' data coding work which has come to an end earlier than expected. Mr Toft said:

'I am sure I speak on behalf of everyone on the county council by expressing our extreme disappointment at the loss of these jobs. Capita had made a positive start to developing their business base in the county and when these jobs were first announced they were warmly welcomed as new jobs, being based in a town that was suffering the effects of a rundown in its traditional industries. For those same jobs, which heralded so much promise, to be lost is indeed a bitter blow.

'This council is involved in urgent talks with Capita to see what can be done to both protect that level of employment within the town and perhaps even encourage further employment growth. The company has stated its continued commitment to the town and we will do all we can to ensure that is delivered. Last week the company seemed hopeful of winning new work to replace that had been lost but unfortunately to date have been unsuccessful. Earlier this year the company announced the prospect of bringing 150 new jobs to the county as part of the knock-on effect of winning work for the Transport for London Congestion Charging scheme and I intend exploring with the company whether new jobs can be found to replace the ones currently at risk.

'When the county council entered into partnership with the company it did so on the basis that it was the right decision both for the future of those county council staff that transferred to the company and the services they provide, as well as for the local economy as a whole (see LGCnet ). The Maryport jobs were not part of that agreement but a most welcome development, modern jobs in a modern industry so vital to the regeneration of West Cumbria. That's all the more reason to ensure we do all we can to protect this kind of employment in the town and that's exactly what we'll be striving to achieve.'

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