Barrow ship building campaign receives county council funding support (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Barrow ship building campaign receives county council funding support
4:58pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
A campaign to secure the future of naval ship building in Barrow has received financial backing from Cumbria County Council’s Barrow Local Committee.
Committee members today agreed to support the Keep Our Future Afloat Campaign (KOFAC) with a contribution of £5,000 a year, for up to three years.
The campaign was formed in Barrow in April 2004 by UNITE and GMB, as a trade union and community-led group of interests in the North West region. It seeks to sustain naval surface warship and nuclear-powered submarine building, and sustain the core workload at Barrow Shipyard.
The committee’s financial contribution will help KOFAC to campaign effectively to build public, industrial and political support ahead of a government decision on whether to proceed with a new submarine programme, which is expected in 2016.
KOFAC will also seek to highlight the potential economic implications for Cumbria and Barrow if the programme does not go ahead.
Councillor Kevin Hamilton, Chair of Barrow Local Committee, said: “The Keep Our Future Afloat Campaign is playing a major role in highlighting the huge importance of the Successor programme to our area. Up to 1,000 jobs are likely to be created directly in Barrow if the full 11 boat submarine programme goes ahead, so the committee is delighted to support this vital campaign with a financial contribution for up to three years.”
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