Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has pledged his support for Ford Bridgend workers as the plant today (Friday) shuts down production after forty years.
The closure, announced last year, will see the loss of around 1600 jobs. However, Ford has established a £1m community legacy fund, to which employee-nominated charities and community organisations can apply. It has also established a £2m research and development fund to be targeted at small and medium-sized enterprises and academic projects, to be administered by Welsh Government.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“The Ford Plant has been an incredibly important part of Bridgend and the surrounding area’s economy for so long, and today’s closure and associated job losses will be a bitter blow for the area.
“I am heartened by reports that most employees have been able to undertake retraining, and by the support offered by the Welsh Labour Government to stimulate new investment in the area.
“However, there can be no denying that this is an incredibly challenging economic climate in which to seek work. I’ll continue to do everything I can to support this skilled and loyal workforce.”