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Clarity needed on Lisahally social security jobs - McLaughlin

3 December, 2014 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has said clarity is needed from the Social Development minister on the future of Social Security Agency staff at Lisahally. 

Speaking after staff at the office at Lisahally were told that up to 30 jobs could be lost as a result of moving records to a central location, the Foyle MLA said; 

"This is a very worrying development for the staff involved with the news that up to 30 jobs are at risk. 

"It is my understanding that staff have been told this is a result of a Department of Work and Pensions decision to move customer case files to a central location in England. 

"They have been told the storage facility at Lisahally will no longer be operational from April 2015. 

"I would question the timing of this announcement as staff have told me that a voluntary redundancy scheme which is currently being offered is due to close tomorrow (Thursday). 

"I would urge management at the Social Security Agency to engage with staff and trade unions to discuss their concerns about this. 

"I am also calling on the Social Development minister to clarify exactly what is happening at Lisahally and what it will mean for staff. 

"All options need to be explored to offset these potential job losses. The minister needs to look within his department to see if other duties can be carried out at Lisahally to secure these jobs.

"I will be seeking an urgent meeting with the minister to discuss this issue." 

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