Marks & Spencer have confirmed that about 950 jobs are at risk as part of plans to reduce store management and head office roles.

The company has stores in Prestatyn, Llandudno and Bangor in North Wales.

Here's everything we know so far.

Why are M&S cutting roles?

The high street retailer said the proposals will help move the company to 'a leaner, faster retail management structure' as it accelerates its transformation plan after being disrupted by the coronavirus lockdown.

M&S said it has now started collective consultation with employee representatives and has set out plans to first offer voluntary redundancy to affected staff.

Which roles will be lost?

The company said the cuts are set to impact roles in the company’s head office, property and store management areas.

Which other retailers have cut jobs recently?

High street chains including John Lewis, Boots and Debenhams have also announced thousands of job cuts in recent weeks.

What have M&S said?

In May, chief executive Steve Rowe said the company would be accelerating parts of its transformation plan with a programme dubbed 'Never The Same Again'.

M&S told investors that 'central support costs and headcount will be examined at all levels' as part of the plan.

The retailer’s food stores continued to trade throughout the lockdown period, but trading in other part of its business, such as clothing, was significantly reduced.

Sacha Berendji, director of retail, operations and property at M&S, said: “Our proposals reflect an important next step in our Never The Same Again programme to accelerate our transformation and become a stronger, leaner and more resilient business.

“Through the crisis we have seen how we can work faster and more flexibly by empowering store teams and it’s essential that we embed that way of working.

“Our priority now is to support all those affected through the consultation process and beyond.”

What happened to shares in M&S after the announcement?

Shares in the company slumped by two per cent to 96.8p after it announced the proposals.