Longannet jobs task force moves forward with economic recovery plan

The now-doomed Longannet power station
The now-doomed Longannet power station

The Longannet taskforce met today to progress the Economic Recovery Plan to support workers, business and communities affected by the closure of the power station in March 2016.

More than 230 directly employed workers at the coal-fired power station are set to lose their jobs, with hundreds more likely to go in the supply-chain.

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing – who co-chaired the meeting – said: “Since the Longannet Task Force met for the first time last month, there has been a range of detailed work by Scottish Power, local councils and the Scottish Government to develop the various strands of the Economic Recovery Plan that will help to support the hundreds of people and many businesses affected by the closure.

“Scottish Power now expect to know by the end of October how many Longannet employees wish to take redundancy, seek redeployment within the company or find new employment.

“Local authorities impacted – Fife, Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and West Lothian Councils – are working on a joint action plan which will aim to support business growth, attract new investment and continue community activities that are currently supported by Scottish Power.

“Longer term, Scottish Power and Fife Council are developing a masterplan to establish future uses of the site and the Task Force is engaging with supply chain companies to explore the precise impacts of the closure.

“That work will continue over the coming months and all members of the Task Force will work closely together to address the issues.”

Hugh Finlay, ScottishPower Generation Director said: “The taskforce continues to make good progress and all parties around the table are working closely together to put forward a viable economic plan for the region. We are also continuing our consultation process with every team member employed at Longannet, and we remain committed to finding the best outcomes for everyone at the station.”

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