From The BBC:
Northern Rock says it has made 1,300 staff redundant as the beleaguered lender streamlines its operations after being nationalised.
The number is consistent with earlier announcements and brings total staff numbers to around 4,500.
Of the staff made redundant, 500 were voluntary and 800 were compulsory.
Northern Rock said that it now needed less office space and would also seek to sell or offer to let two office developments near Newcastle.
The company said it would retain its two main office sites in Gosforth and Doxford Park, Sunderland.
“The consultation process has been a substantial exercise and it has been undertaken carefully and thoroughly,” said executive chairman Ron Sandler.
“We must now look to the future, deliver our plan and return this business back to health and profitability in the coming years.”
The bank had previously said it intended to cut up to 2,000 staff by 2011. It had been one of the biggest employers in the north-east of England wit…