City Link

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 16th January 2015.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations he has received calling for City Link to be taken into public ownership; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State for Portsmouth, The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Department received a large volume of identical emails, many from abroad, which included a call to take the company into public ownership.

While there were no grounds for doing so, this is clearly a worrying time for City Link workers and their families and the Government’s focus is on supporting those being made redundant.

The Department for Work and Pensions is engaging with the administrator and unions to make sure City Link employees and self-employed drivers are aware of the support available to help them back into work, including Job Centre Plus’ Rapid Response Service.

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