Reaction to 500 Kwik Fit Insurance jobs axe

Decision to close site prompts comments from a host of political figures

Reaction to 500 Kwik Fit Insurance jobs axe

Insurance News

By Paul Lucas

We have already reported on the devastating news that 521 staff at Kwik Fit Insurance will be made redundant in South Lanarkshire (see the initial report here) – and now a host of politicians have reacted.

After Kwik Fit’s owners Ageas issued a statement confirming the fears of workers at the Uddingston site, and commented that it is now looking to support them in their next steps, fears have been expressed that the impact may be far-reaching despite Ageas insisting that the decision was based on changes within the personal insurance market and not motivated by the Brexit vote or the potential for a further Scottish independence referendum.

Speaking to the Express, the Scottish Conservatives warned that there may be after-effects on other businesses within the area.

“It’s now important that the UK and Scottish Governments work together to ensure those affected can be supported during a difficult time,” a spokesman said.

“It’s also disappointing for the local economy and these departures will have an indirect hit on a number of other businesses. This news is a huge blow for the workers and their families.”

Also speaking to the publication, Central Scotland Tory MSP Margaret Mitchell commented that it was “sad news” and a “great pity” that many promising leads did not come to fruition.
Her words were echoed by Richard Lyle, SNP MSP for Uddingston and Bellshill, who commented on how close a takeover had come.

“I had spoken to several companies last year and was confident something could be done to save the jobs,” he said. “But I have been told that this will not be happening and it is bitterly disappointing. 

“It is a huge blow to the workforce and all efforts will be made to help them.”

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