Labour MP for Redcar, Anna Turley, received confirmation today from business minister Anna Soubry that any unspent redundancy and pensions funding will be spent in the region and not be given back to the Treasury.
Anna raised the issue in Business Questions in the chamber this lunchtime after being told by civil service officials last week that any remaining funding from the £30 million allocation for redundancy and pensions payments, which was taken out of the £80 million overall support package, would be returned to government coffers.
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In the chamber, Anna said:
“As has been well documented in this House, ministers opposite promised £80 million for Redcar for retraining and economic development.
We know now that £30million of that is going to be saved for the pensions and redundancy payments. Less than £10 million of that has been paid out already and over 90% of people have received their payments.
Will the minister promise the people of Redcar that what is not spent on redundancies and those final salaries will stay in the region and go to the people of Redcar and will not be sucked back up to the treasury?”
Ms Soubry confirmed she had met her officials this week and had instructed them that any remaining money will go, in tranches, to Redcar so that people locally can decide how it is spent.
Afterwards, Anna said:
“I was concerned last week that much needed support for Redcar and Teesside would be clawed back by the Treasury, especially after officials tried to block the funding for the apprentices. Today the minister has promised we will receive the full support package and I will keep the pressure on to make sure it materialises.”