MP CALLS FOR ACTION PLAN FOLLOWING WILLIAM HILL CLOSURES ANNOUNCEMENT

4th July 2019

MARION WRITES TO UK MINISTERS FOR WORKERS’ TRANSITION INTO FURTHER EMPLOYMENT

Following William Hill’s announcement to close 700 branches risking 4,500 jobs, Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, has written to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Amber Rudd, to call for an action plan to ensure a transition into further employment for those who may lose their jobs.

William Hill made the announcement on Thursday 4th of July stating that capping maximum stakes on fixed odds betting terminals at £2 was part of the reason why it is closing branches.

But Mrs Fellows says she still supports the policy and that the UK Government has to balance out any job losses. She is now calling on the UK Government to immediately bring together trade unions, employers and Government agencies to find workers new jobs.

William Hill begins to start shutting shops by the end of the year which Mrs Fellows says “provides ample time to ensure a thorough and effective action plan”.

Mrs Fellows has also been in touch with staff at all five branches in the Motherwell and Wishaw constituency to offer her support.

Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:

“Potential job losses on such a scale will be a blow to workers and communities. The UK Government must immediately take steps to bring together trade unions, employers and Government agencies to ensure a transition into further employment for anyone who loses their job.

“The UK Government cannot afford to sit by the side lines because the people affected cannot afford them to. Workers are facing a great deal of uncertainty. They and their families need continuity and financial security.

“I still believe a £2 maximum stake on fixed odds betting terminals to be a positive step in curbing problem gambling. The UK Government has an indisputable responsibility to ensure that any job losses due to necessary government policy must be balanced with the necessary action to ensure workers’ continued employment.”

Letter to Amber Rudd (Secretary of State for Work and Pensions) from Marion Fellows MP

Dear the Rt. Hon. Amber Rudd MP,
 
I am writing regarding the news that William Hill will close 700 shops by the end of the year putting 4,500 jobs at risk to ask that the UK Government takes immediate steps to form an action plan to ensure a transition into further employment for those who may lose their jobs.
 
The news of closures will no doubt be a blow to the many people who work for William Hill and it will be creating a great deal of uncertainty for them and their families. It is imperative that the UK Government does not simply stand aside while thousands face potential unemployment.
 
While William Hill states that its decision is influenced by capping the maximum stakes on Fixed Odd Betting Terminals at £2, I still firmly believe this to be a positive step in curbing problem gambling. The UK Government, whatever the circumstances, has an obvious responsibility to ensure that any job losses due to necessary government policy must be balanced with the necessary action to ensure workers’ continued employment.
 
If closures are due to begin by the end of the year, this provides ample time to ensure a thorough and effective action plan with trade unions, employers and Government agencies to ensure financial security and continuity for workers who may lose their jobs.
 
The UK Government cannot afford to sit by the side lines because the people affected cannot afford them to.
 
Sincerely,