Luton Council paid £3.2 million as part of a package deal with Peugeot SA to save the townâs Vauxhall van factory and the jobs of nearly 1,500 workers. The package includes the creation of 200 new jobs at the factory, reduced business rates, the purchase of reduced cost energy from its supply lines and support for the recruitment of the additional workers needed for the plantâs expansion.
In addition, the Council will also provide support for work taster session and will pay for 50% of the salary costs for the first year of employment.
This is wonderful news for the town. In many people’sâ minds Vauxhall and Luton are firmly intertwined. The plant has been a key part of Lutonâs economy for generations and, since PSA acquired it last year we have been working hard to ensure its future, said Councillor Hazel Simmons, leader of the council.
âWe are delighted PSA has confirmed its commitment to the plant. Not only will this secure thousands of jobs, but it will provide additional opportunities for others. As part of the Luton Investment Framework we have consistently said jobs, skills and training are central, and once again we have been able to deliver on this, he continued.
Secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy, Greg Clark also commented on this decision saying: Todayâs decision is a vote of confidence in Vauxhallâs world-class workforce and the UKâs strong automotive sector, safeguarding more than 1,400 jobs and ensuring the future of the Luton plant well into the next decade. I welcome the excellent joint working with Luton Council that has helped achieve this.