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Decentralisation of DAERA headquarters important step in addressing regional imbalances

30 May, 2018 - by Caoimhe Archibald

Sinn Féin MP for Foyle Elisha McCallion and MLA for East Derry Caoimhe Archibald met with officials to discussion the relocation at the new Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) headquarters in Ballykelly.

Caoimhe Archibald MLA said: “Elisha and I met with senior officials at the new headquarters in Ballykelly to get an update on the relocation.

"The new headquarters is an asset to the area and it was a great opportunity to see first hand the state-of-the-art building featuring modern working facilities  

"We discussed staff relocation and were pleased to hear that the relocation of posts under the staff relocation plan is on track, with 250 posts now in place in Ballykelly and 320 to be located there by 2021 and we have received assurances that plans post 2012 will be in line with the policy of decentralisation from the Greater Belfast area.”  

Elisha McCallion MP said: "In the discussion on the relocation of posts we were also assured that no posts within DAERA in Derry are under active consideration for relocation to Ballykelly. 

"The decentralisation of DAERA is an important step in addressing historical regional imbalances in the distribution of public sector jobs.

"The benefits to staff who were previously travelling to Belfast from the North West and are now based in Ballykelly in terms of work life balance, have been clearly articulated." 

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