Longannet task force unveils details of economic recovery plan

The Longannet task force has unveiled details of its plans to support workers, business and communities affected by the closure of the coal power plant scheduled in March 2016. Scottish Energy Minister […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The Longannet task force has unveiled details of its plans to support workers, business and communities affected by the closure of the coal power plant scheduled in March 2016.

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said skills development and employability support have been offered to affected employees.

He added: “All workers and onsite contractors will have access to support through PACE [Partnership Action for Continuing Employment ] through an onsite resource centre. PACE  support has also been offered to employees of companies in the supply chain whom we know will be affected by the closure of Longannet.”

Local Authorities affected are working on a joint action plan which aims to support business growth and attract new investment and continue community activities that are currently supported by Scottish Power.

The firm and Fife Council are also developing a plan to find uses for the power station in the future.

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.”