Branch closures threaten 510 jobs at Cattles
by Gill Montia
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Cattles has warned that jobs may go if it proceeds with plans to close branches of its Welcome Financial unit, as leases on premises expire.
The beleaguered sub-prime lender says 30 outlets could cease to exist with the loss of 510 sales and support roles.
In July, the firm completed a clear out of its board room following an independent review of its internal accounting controls.
The review revealed a breakdown in controls resulting in the incorrect application of impairment policies at Welcome Financial.
The lender had already warned in April that it could need to make a provision of £850 million to cover bad debts, £700 million of which related to past accounting periods.
So far this year, the group has cut around 1,000 jobs, or 20% of its workforce, in the expectation that volumes at Welcome Financial will decline by up to 75% in 2009.
The division has around 500,000 non-standard customers and provides direct repayment loans from 183 branches across the UK.
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