CIVIL service offices on the Fylde are to shut, it was announced today.
The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed it is to close its Norcross base in Blackpool as part of cost-cutting measures.
A spokesman said no jobs would be lost, with staff being transferred to other offices with most going to Peel Park.
A DWP spokesman said: “As part of the Department’s drive to become more efficient and offer better value to the taxpayer the Norcross Government building on the Fylde Coast has become surplus to requirements.
“By summer 2013 staff will have been transferred to other nearby offices, reducing running costs for the department and allowing us to operate more efficiently and continuing to offer the best service to customers.
“There will be no reduction in jobs as a result of this decision.
“The decision is part of the DWP Estates Rationalisation Programme, which is making sure we make best use of our buildings so money can be directed to front line services.
“We will be speaking to staff individually to discuss their new working arrangements and how we can make the transfer as smooth as possible.”
In a joint statement Coun Simon Blackburn (Blackpool) Coun David Eaves (Fylde) and Coun Peter Gibson (Wyre) said: “While it is good news that the DWP has given its commitment to the Fylde Coast as one of its seven regional hubs nationwide, it will of course mean that employees will face additional journeys to get to their offices and we will make absolutely sure that public transport is in place for them.
“We understand that this decision follows a property review and the relocation from Norcross will not lead to a reduction in jobs. There is a great deal of professional expertise on the Fylde Coast and we are all keen to see the area given a bigger role in delivering further Government contracts in the future.”
Commenting on the future of the Norcross site the leaders added: “We are pleased that other Government jobs based at Norcross are not affected by this decision and the area has further potential for future investment from all sectors. “
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