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Cold comfort as Ford staff are laid off
10:03am Friday 26th October 2012 in Opinion
THE experts told us yesterday that things were looking up.
We were out of the double-dip recession, they said, with the economy seeing its first growth in a year.
Yet on the same day, our neighbours in Southampton were coming to terms with the awful blow represented by the closure of the Ford factory which had been the home of the Transit.
And here in Dorset we had a much smaller but still painful closure – the loss of the Remploy sheltered work factory in Alder Hills.
A lot of people have campaigned over the years to save Remploy. They have lobbied successive governments, made their arguments and – most recently – presented promising plans for a social enterprise “incubator hub” on the site.
They should be proud of their efforts.
But as more people join the unemployment queue, the official news of economic recovery will be cold comfort indeed.