MP’s civil service jobs plea

The Warbreck site which DWP staff have located to.
The Warbreck site which DWP staff have located to.
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Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard has called for a better strategic overview when it comes to making key decisions about Fylde civil service jobs.

Speaking during a debate in Parliament, Mr Maynard said a role should be created to oversee the different government agencies on the Fylde.

He said: “I felt it was important to have this debate and to ask the minister to consider reallocating this role as decisions are currently being taken in isolation and which can become contradictory.

“Having an overall decision co-ordinator who will be able to question and direct those below him is key to maintaining jobs on the Fylde Coast.

“It is crucial each square foot is used effectively and efficiently to support the jobs that are needed here and the first rate services they provide to the nation.”

This year saw the closure of the Norcross site, with Department for Work and Pensions jobs moving to Peel Park, while DWP staff from Marton Mere have relocated to Warbreck.

Duncan Griffiths, branch officer for the PCS civil service union on the Fylde, said: “There are often job consequences associated with site closures and movement let alone the human and environmental costs of commuting people from the north end of the Fylde to the south end, past those coming in the opposite direction, due to a lack of strategic overview.”

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