Rover workers get £20m payments

Thousands of workers who have lost their jobs following the collapse of MG Rover are receiving payments averaging £5,000.

Link: Rover costs taxpayers £220m

The government is to pay out more than £20m in statutory redundancy pay, newspapers report this morning.

Patricia Hewitt, the trade and industry secretary, said that about 4,000 of the former Longbridge employees had received the payments.

Over the weekend, reports also surfaced that a Russian tycoon sometimes referred to as a ‘baby oligarch’ is said to be interested in buying the assets of MG Rover.

Nikolai Smolensky, who bought the sports carmaker TVR last summer, was reportedly interested in the group.

Separately, Oleg Deripaska, Russia’s second richest man and the owner of the Volga car brand (the standard issue vehicle for taxi-dirvers, Communist party officials and police), told Russia’s Gazeta newspaper that he was interested in buying all or part of MG Rover.

The group was ‘potentially attractive’, he said.

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