Council Advice Helpline for Patton Redundancies

BALLYMENA Council have set up an advice helpine in response to the job losses as a result of the Patton Group going into administration.

Council has already set up a link to direct people to where they can get practical advice on benefits, other job opportunities in the area and re-training opportunities.

Following the significant number of redundancies the Mayor of Ballymena, Ald P J McAvoy, said: “without doubt it is the largest loss of employment in the Ballymena area in recent times, and a major blow for the Ballymena Economy, and in particular, for those people who have lost their jobs.”

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Cr Maurice Mills, Chair of the Economic, Growth & Development Committee, stated that “the knock on effect to Patton’s suppliers and around 70 sub-contractors is also of concern and has certainly the potential to have major implications on both the local and regional economy.”

Whilst Council is limited in what they can do, and cannot assist financially, we have with immediate effect, allocated a Senior Economic Development Officer to provide advice and signposting for anyone with concerns, particularly those who have lost their jobs.

Anyone wishing to access these advice and signposting services can do so by contacting the hotline number - 07596646901 or email address [email protected] The service will be available from 09.00am – 5.00pm, Mon- Fri.