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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22204: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what action it can take to ensure that people made redundant from Kaiam receive all money owed to them.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 27 March 2019

The Scottish Government wants everyone made redundant by Kaiam to receive all monies owed to them. Responsibility for dealing with employee claims in insolvency is fully reserved to the UK Government and is dealt with by the Redundancy Payments Service, which is part of the Insolvency Service.

The Redundancy Payments Service makes payments of certain monies owed to ex-employees up to statutory limits. The total paid out by the Redundancy Payments Service to Kaiam ex-employees currently stands at over £800,000.

Appropriate representations to the Redundancy Payments Service that may assist in expediting payment or highlighting any concerns that have been raised. We would however urge employees to continue to liaise with the Redundancy Payments Service and the administrators in respect of their claims.

We remain committed to supporting the former staff of Kaiam and any potential new businesses emerging from the administration of Kaiam’s business in Livingston.