190 jobs lost as Lloyds TSB bank closes Scunthorpe Kingsway offices today
THE doors will shut today at Lloyds TSB Banking Group's call centre on the Kingsway in Scunthorpe.
It was first announced in March that a total of 185 roles would be lost at the site.
Of those, 20 per cent have been re-deployed, while the rest of the roles have gone.
A Lloyds spokesman said: "We have managed to redeploy 20 per cent of the roles elsewhere. The building is set to close this week."
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The closure is the latest hammer blow for the region, after Kimberly-Clark in Barton announced plans to close.
The latest figure for the number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance in North Lincolnshire is 4,682.
Now steps are being taken to help workers who will be facing the Christmas period without a job.
Scunthorpe Jobcentre Plus employees say there is plenty of help available for people who have lost their jobs.
Jo Corney, senior operations manager for North East Yorkshire and the Humber District department of work and pensions, said: "We're prepared to support workers facing redundancy through our Jobcentre Plus Rapid Response Service, providing specialist advice and a range of practical support to help them back into work as soon as possible."
Some of the support on offer includes advice on which benefits people can claim, advice on skill training and practical help with updating CVs.
Ms Corney said: "We aim, under this service, to help those losing their jobs to find other work before they need to sign on.
"This has been demonstrated with the support we have been giving to the staff at Lloyds Mortgage Unit."
Former Lloyds TSB staff member Mary Taylor said: "It is a very sad time for everyone because some members of staff have worked there for over 20 years."
Some of the support the Jobcentre has provided to Lloyds staff is supporting the Lloyds on site employee resource centre and holding regular on site drop-in style information sessions.
But such work is part of a wider effort to help workers.
Ms Corney said: "We are now working in partnership with North Lincolnshire Council to help employees at Kimberly-Clark facing redundancy.
"We have a jobs fair and an information event planned.
"We shall be inviting employers we know to be recruiting from a wide geographical area, where we believe those employers are interested in the skills of employees.
"We can also give advice on CV writing and using digital services.
"This is highly relevant as we are now working with our new on-line service, Universal Job Match, and people need to understand how to access and use this service.
"The labour market is traditionally quiet at this time of the year and this year is no exception.
"Employers have now generally finished recruiting extra staff for Christmas.
"We continue to speak to employers to help them with their recruitment needs and to help job seekers find work."
Councillor Liz Redfern, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: "Having immediately responded to the disappointing redundancy news, North Lincolnshire Council set up a task force with our partners to support all involved at Lloyds TSB and Kimberly-Clark.
"It goes without saying that we are doing everything possible in supporting these employees.
"Through extra government funding of £10 million, we have provided £5 million to further support businesses in creating job opportunities.
"And finally, not forgetting that we have created one of the biggest Enterprise Zones on the South Humber Bank, designed primarily for offshore wind and renewable energy, which when fully developed will create a further 5,000 much-needed jobs."