Rover car 'has cost taxpayer £231m'
The collapse of the Rover car company in Birmingham is estimated to have cost the taxpayer more than 231 million pound starling so far, the government has said.
About £50 million has been made available to retrain workers, and £6.5 million was spent on keeping the company going for a week in April while a buyer was sought.
Rover collapsed in April with debts of £1.4 billion and the loss of 6,000 jobs. Trade and industry minister Ian Pearson, MP for Dudley South, said, "It is very much money well spent."
The Black Country Labour MP added, "We've had money paying for compensation for those who've lost their jobs, money to help with retraining and money to help the supply chain.
“You've got to remember that people were predicting meltdown in the West Midlands as a result of the collapse of Rover. What we've seen has been a tragedy for those who've lost their jobs. But now over half are in work. Three thousand are booked onto training courses. Two thousand have taken up and started training courses."
— BBC Online