No real help for car industry say Tories

The Tories have accused the Government of not providing "real help" to the car industry after Toyota announced pay and production cuts at its UK sites.

The Tories have accused the Government of not providing "real help" to the car industry after Toyota announced pay and production cuts at its UK sites.

A 10 per cent reduction in working hours and base pay will be introduced at the Japanese car giant next month.

The company, which employs 3,900 workers at its main production site in Burnaston, near Derby, and 570 at its engine plant in Deeside in North Wales, has already cut 200 temporary jobs and opened a voluntary redundancy scheme last week.

Shadow Wales minister David Jones asked Wales Secretary Paul Murphy at question time: "Can you say whether you know when the automotive assistance programme, which was announced with such fanfare in January, is actually going to be implemented?

"Is it a case not of real help now but another case of jam tomorrow?"

Murphy replied: "Some of these schemes are to operate at different times. For example in April there are six schemes that are going to go live, including help for the automotive industry."

But he added that some schemes had already started. "The help is there and it is up to the industry to apply for that help," he said.

Tory Ann Winterton (Congleton) said that manufacturing in the UK has been hit "very hard by the recession".

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