Thursday, 12 February 2009


A FORMER Scunthorpe industrial development chief has warned people facing redundancy to be careful with any payouts they receive.
Ian Crowther, who saw major job losses in the area more than 20 years ago, remembers the frustration he felt then with the way some people spent their redundancy money.
He was industrial development officer with the former Scunthorpe Borough Council and also spent some time as chamber of commerce chief executive in the town.
Mr Crowther (65), who is now retired but still living in North Lincolnshire, said: "I will never forget the frustration and anger I felt in the mid 1980s when as industrial development officer I came across countless redundant steel workers who just wasted their redundancy money.
"New cars, foreign holidays, new carpets and countless other things they had always wanted. After the initial splashing out they were left with nothing but short memories and bleak futures."
Mr Crowther also said in the 1980s people may well move into a new job as fresh companies moved into the area.
But he said: "Gone are the countless overseas companies wanting to move to the area as there were 20 odd years ago.
"There are no government grants to attract them any more and countless areas being hit even harder than North Lincolnshire."
He advised people with redundancy money to hold on to it, adding: "Things will get better, but in the immediate future much worse is still to come."

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