By Daniel Hunter

Tata Steel have announced that they will cut 900 jobs in the UK, with the bulk of those cuts coming in their south Wales plants.

Most of the Welsh losses are management and administrative posts in Port Talbot, while sites in Crosskeys, Caerphilly county, and one near Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent will close.

Other job cuts include 155 in Yorkshire, 120 in the West Midlands and 30 on Teesside. However, 120 jobs will created at a new hot strip rolling mill at Llanwern.

"Today's proposals are part of a strategy to transform ourselves into an all-weather steel producer, capable of succeeding in difficult economic conditions," Karl Kohler, chief executive of Tata Steel's European operations, said.

"These restructuring proposals will help make our business more successful and sustainable, but the job losses are regrettable and I know this will be a difficult and unsettling time for the employees and their families affected.

"We will be working with our trade unions and government at a national and local level to ensure we provide them with as much assistance and support as possible.

"In addition, our subsidiary UK Steel Enterprise will be looking at how it can provide more support to local steel communities and stimulate new jobs following today's announcement.

"We will strengthen this work with a further £650,000 to help them create new jobs in affected areas.

"UK Steel Enterprise has teams in all the affected locations who, for almost four decades, have helped to regenerate local economies and create 70,000 new jobs in the UK.

"We will do everything we can to reduce the impact of the proposals on employees and, where possible, we will look to achieve job losses through voluntary redundancies."

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