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WORKERS HIT BY CAR PLANT AXE

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West Midlands councils have swung into action to help 2,300 residents hit by Peugeot's decision to close its Ryton ...
West Midlands councils have swung into action to help 2,300 residents hit by Peugeot's decision to close its Ryton plant.

Officers and councillors from Coventry City Council, Rugby BC and Warwickshire CC met employment minister Alan Johnson to seek government support for both Peugeot workers and the plant's suppliers.

The councils also set up the Peugeot Partnership with Jobcentre Plus, Advantage West Midlands, the Learning & Skills Council, the government, local businesses and trade unions.

It draws on the experience of last year's closure of the MG Rover car plant at Longbridge.

Birmingham City Council issued planning guidance for the site to prevent it moving from employment use to housing.

Warwickshire leader Alan Farnell (Con) said: 'I want to reassure people a major employment-led development continues [on the site].'

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