Rt. Hon Joan Ryan MP, the Labour Member of Parliament for Enfield North, has strongly criticised the second hand car dealer Carcraft for leaving its employees “high and dry” following the company’s collapse into administration and the ensuing loss of almost 500 jobs nationwide – including 37 at its showroom in Enfield.
Speaking during a Westminster Hall Debate on the issue in Parliament, on Wednesday 10th June, Joan Ryan called on the Government to provide all possible support to those who have been affected in Enfield and across the country, and to ensure that they will be given the assistance required to find new employment. Carcraft customers have also been affected – those with Drive Happy Plans (DHP), a warranty, MOT, servicing and roadside assistance products bought from the company will no longer be covered.
Ms Ryan raised particular concern with “how long it was known that the company was in major financial difficulties, how little notice was given to employees and how little discussion there seems to have been with them.”
The debate in Parliament was the first opportunity to discuss the implications of what happened at Carcraft, after the company went into administration at the end of April – one week before the General Election. According to the administrators, Grant Thornton, Carcraft – the UK’s seventh largest second hand car dealership - had “suffered from poor market reputation, lack of investment, a high cost base, expensive loan note financing and an insolvent balance sheet all of which have hindered investment.”
The Carcraft showroom in Enfield was based at the Enfield Retail Park on Chalkmill Drive.
Whilst the Government’s redundancy payment service has already provided payments to some former Carcraft workers, Ms Ryan is urging any employees from Enfield to contact her if they are yet to receive advice or assistance. Joan can be contacted on 0207 219 6583, or: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The redundancy payments service can be contacted either by phone on 0330 3310 0200, or by email: email@example.com.
Rt. Hon Joan Ryan MP, Labour’s Member of Parliament for Enfield North, said:
“Carcraft employees in Enfield and across the country have been given a raw deal.
The Westminster Hall debate in Parliament was a useful way to focus much needed attention on this important issue - all those affected deserve the right support to help them recover from the distress of losing their jobs and to get them back into employment as soon as possible.
If there are any constituents who have not yet received assistance or payment through the Government’s redundancy payment service, I urge them to get in touch with my office (firstname.lastname@example.org, or call: 0207 219 6583) and I’ll do all I can to help.”
The Hansard report of Joan Ryan’s contributions to the debate – and the debate in full - can be found here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm150610/halltext/150610h0001.htm#15061048000112
Further information on the closure of Carcraft can be found here: https://www.carcraft.co.uk/