British Gas to close down loft and cavity wall arm

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500 staff are to be made redundant by British Gas as it shuts its cavity wall loft and insulation business.

Centrica’s plan to shed 6,000 jobs is an attempt to cut parent company British Gas from doing the contracts to slash its costs and become more efficient.

British Gas will outsource its existing contracts to a third party to meet energy efficiency work that is required to meet Government targets.

6,800 homes and schools have been insulated over the last two years by British Gas.

Mark Hodges who is chief executive of energy supply & services, UK and Ireland, commented saying: “We are focused on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of our organisation to meet the changing needs of our customers.

“British Gas is well positioned to grow, but we must ensure that our costs allow us to be competitive for our customers.

“I recognise that this will be difficult news for the employees who may be affected.

“However I believe today’s announcement is in the best long-term interests of the business. Our priority is to support all those potentially impacted, and to ensure a fair and transparent consultation process.”