Walkers Foods: Peterlee

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 10th March 2017.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to provide financial aid to employees requiring support to up-skill and retrain in the event of the closure of the Walkers crisps factory in Peterlee.

Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

In the event of the closure of a large employer the Department for Work & Pensions provide redundancy support through its ‘Rapid Response Service’.

This support can include:

  • A skills analysis to help identify transferable skills and training needs relevant to the local labour market;
  • Job-focused training to help individuals develop vocational skills needed within the local labour market;
  • An action fund to overcome individual short-term barriers to taking up a specific job offer, e.g. travel to work expenses;
  • Advice on claiming benefits, self-employment and tax credits.

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