Scale of redundancy revealed at PACE meeting
Thousands of employees and hundreds of employers received support through the Scottish Government's redundancy support partnership last year.
More than 12,000 employees and 250 employers received support through the Scottish Government's redundancy support programme in the last financial year.
Members of the ICAS Insolvency Team who attended the ministerial meeting of the government's Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) scheme heard about the support offered from April 2014 to March 2015.
ICAS is a partner in PACE, which was established to provide support to people facing redundancy and employers considering making redundancies. Support is delivered through 18 regional PACE teams across Scotland.
The annual ministerial meeting, chaired by the Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism, Fergus Ewing MSP, took place on 12 May, 2015. A majority of partners attended, including representatives from ICAS, Skills Development Scotland, Federation of Small Businesses, HMRC, Scottish Enterprise, the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and the Department of Work and Pensions - all of whom provide local level support.
From April 2014 to March 2015 PACE provided assistance to 12,161 individuals and 252 employers. This involved offering support to over 392 individual sites and represents an increase of 4% in individuals being supported compared with the previous year. The number of employers seeking support fell by 15 per cent.
Support to the manufacturing, wholesale and retail, and the construction sector, accounted for more than half of the redundancy support provided. Similarly more than 50% of the support was focused in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Fife local authorities.
PACE helped not only employees affected by the administrations of USC, City Link and JM Hendersons transport, but also employees affected by companies undertaking site closures or company relocations.
David Menzies, ICAS Director of Insolvency, said: "While PACE is reaching the larger scale firms where 20 plus redundancies are being made, it appears that smaller businesses are less aware of the support available through PACE.
ICAS members advising clients who may be considering redundancies as an early intervention step to avoiding financial difficulties are asked to consider contacting PACE to discuss support for their clients. All communication is on a strictly confidential basis."
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