MP Andrew Miller is urging borough businesses to take advantage of a Government incentive to help the long-term unemployed.

As part of a £500m package to support the jobless, “golden hellos” worth up £2,500 are being offered to encourage firms to recruit and train people who are out of work.

Mr Miller said: “The current economic climate is very difficult for many people and whilst there are currently about 450 job vacancies in Ellesmere Port and Neston we cannot afford to be complacent about unemployment.

“The longer local people are out of work the more help they will get. I urge local businesses to get in touch with Jobcentre Plus and to take advantage of the money the Government is putting in.

Last week Mr Miller spoke of his “disappointment” after Ellesmere Port sandwich manufacturer Gibsons Foods failed to inform him of their closure, which resulted in the loss of 245 jobs.

He wants businesses who encounter financial difficulties to make sure they contact him as soon as possible so he can make sure they receive the necessary support.