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Steel towns secure Corus summit

Corus Scunthorpe
Scunthorpe is one of steelmaker Corus's largest UK sites

Council leaders from major steel producing areas of Britain are to meet directors of steelmaker Corus to seek assurances over the company's future.

A working party of councillors from Scunthorpe, Rotherham, Corby, Redcar and Cleveland and North Lanarkshire are to meet at Corus's London HQ next week.

Corus said last month it was shedding 3,500 jobs as demand for steel plunges.

Scunthorpe councillor Mick Grant said he hoped to find out at Thursday's meeting if more job cuts were planned.

The five councils joined forces last month to form the working party and next week's meeting is the first it has held with Corus management.

Mr Grant, the cabinet member for housing and strategic planning at North Lincolnshire Council, said: "I'm very pleased that some of the Corus directors are letting us meet with them and hear our questions.

Our area has had steel production embedded in its history and I want to see this continue for many more years
Mick Grant, North Lincolnshire councillor

"I will be attending this meeting to seek reassurance about local people working at the Scunthorpe Corus site.

"By joining forces with the other councils in our working party we are now cracking on and driving forward our need to support this industry.

"And, with the weight of five councils behind us, I hope the directors will listen to us."

He hoped to discuss with the directors their specific plans for the Scunthorpe site, if any more redundancies were expected, what their pension calculations are and if they intend to offer training for workers.

"Our area has had steel production embedded in its history and I want to see this continue for many more years to come," Mr Grant said.



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