LDV Gates Opened for Advice Sessions

By on 09/06/2009 in News

Public agencies from across the West Midlands are to join forces on Thursday and Friday of this week to re-open the gates of LDV to provide one-to-one support and advice to more than 800 former staff of the factory made redundant this week following the company being out into administration.

Advisors from Jobcentre Plus, Birmingham City Council, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and administrator PricewaterhousCoopers will be on-site to offer advice on issues such as claiming job seekers allowance, housing benefits, council tax relief, and other vital financial support. Also on offer will be one-to-one debt counselling sessions with trained experts.

The former LDV workers will also be given information about the tailored package of support that will be available to help them get back into work as quickly as possible. This will include help and advice with their jobsearch, CV writing, interview techniques, training and identified employment opportunities.

The open drop-in sessions have been organised though the LDV Taskforce, a multi-agency body set up several weeks ago to monitor and ultimately react to developments at LDV. Led by Birmingham City Council the Taskforce also includes Jobcentre Plus, Advantage West Midlands, The Learning and Skills Council, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and neighbouring local authorities.

The on-site advice sessions, will compliment support already on offer through a special freephone advice line (08000 730 440) launched by the Taskforce on Tuesday morning, which received more than 50 calls within its first 2 hours of operation.

Speaking after a meeting of the LDV Taskforce this morning, Taskforce Chair, Cllr Neville Summerfield, said: “We held a very productive meeting where we learnt more about the current situation at LDV and discussed how the Taskforce can urgently work alongside the administrator to support workers, the LDV supply chain and wider community affected by LDV’s collapse.

“Now a decision has finally been taken on redundancies our immediate priority is to fast-track much needed benefits support to ex LDV workers, many of who have been in a state financial limbo for many months. Longer term we are working with the administrator to look at wider issues such as training and job opportunities for ex-workers, supporting the supply chain and the future of the LDV plant itself.”

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For more information contact Simon Houltby 0121 303 3503

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