Richard Benyon, Member of Parliament for Newbury, has reacted with concern to the news that the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) is reducing certain roles within the business.
Richard said: “I am of course concerned at the news of 500 job losses at the Atomic Weapons Establishment. My first concern is for any of the employees who may be offered redundancy. I want to ensure that the AWE works with agencies such as Jobcentre Plus to provide the best opportunities for retraining and employment in the area. I am also determined to ensure that there are no compromises on safety or security at both sites”.
He continued: “The sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield have benefitted from huge investment in recent years; the AWE remains a valued local employer and have a considerable supply chain across the local economy. Skills taught in the AWE school for apprentices and in the fields of science and engineering are transferable across the economy. The benefits of the AWE are seen across the UK”.
1. The Aldermaston site is situated within the Newbury constituency. Royal Ordnance Factory (ROF) Burghfield, is situated within the constituency of The Rt Hon John Redwood MP. Many employees at AWE live within close proximity to the site in communities such as Tadley, which is in the constituency of North West Hampshire, whose Member of Parliament is Kit Malthouse.
2. Last month the claimant rate for jobseekers in the Newbury constituency was 0.6% of the working age population. While no one is complacent, this does mean that the chances of finding employment for any staff made redundant are high.