MORAY MP Douglas Ross has highlighted support available for former employees of Thomas Cook, after the company collapsed earlier this week. He was speaking after raising the issue with theTransport Secretary during a statement in the House of Commons today.
Commenting, Douglas said: “I have been contacted by former employees this week who have lost their jobs following the collapse of the travel firm, Thomas Cook. With branches in Buckie and Elgin, as well as some Moray residents working for the company abroad, this is a crucial issue for our area.
“Although I have been in discussions with the Business Secretary about this already, I took the opportunity to ask the Transport Secretary to outline what is being done to assist them by the UK Government.
“I’m reassured that Job Centre Plus has a Rapid Response service which is geared up to offer assistance. This is a troubling time for everyone who has lost their job but I want to reassure them that help is available. The Minister was clear that if they encounter any problems with the systems across government to assist them, he will intervene and try to resolve them.
“It’s imperative that people who have lost their jobs know that help is available and I also fully understand that holidaymakers who may be abroad or who have booked holidays may also be looking for advice so I am keen to assist them in any way I can.”