More jobs on the move

The NS&I site at Marton.
The NS&I site at Marton.
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Hundreds more Blackpool civil servants are set to see their jobs transferred to a new site.

Around 264 staff employed by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) at the Marton Mere Jobcentre Plus Contact Centre are to be moved from their base on the National Savings and Investments (NS&I) site to offices at Warbreck House in North Shore.

The move is due to be completed early next year, and is as a result of NS&I putting its site on Mythop Road up for sale.

A DWP spokeswoman said: “All staff at Marton Mere Contact Centre will move to Warbreck House from early 2014. No jobs are being lost.

“This situation has been forced on the DWP by NS&I who own the site where Marton Mere is located and have decided to sell the whole site.

“This means another location for the contact centre is needed for when the lease expires in March 2014.

“We have been advised the lease cannot be renegotiated and that we have to move by this date.”

The DWP has recently transferred 1,200 workers from its offices at Norcross, mainly to Peel Park on Brunel Way at Westby.

The decision to relocate staff was announced by the DWP in June last year after bosses deemed the Norcross site was surplus to requirements.

Alex Kirsch, branch secretary of the PCS (Public and Commercial Services) union at Marton Mere said staff had been told of the relocation on Wednesday.

He said: “Senior management brought everyone into one room to make the announcement.

“Staff will undertake the same work and so far we have the positive message that no compulsory redundancies are planned.

“The initial reaction has been mixed, with some people pleased with the location because it is nearer to their homes, but for others it will mean travelling further.

“Over the next few weeks we will be having regular meetings with the management to see what issues need to be addressed.”

NS&I confirmed it is selling its surplus land at Marton.

A spokesman said: “NS&I’s operational requirements mean that we are able to accommodate all Blackpool staff in the smaller Moorland building on site, which leaves a large area of surplus land and buildings.

“Like all government departments, NS&I is required to dispose of surplus land in order to achieve value for money for taxpayers.

“In order to do this, all tenant leases expire on March 31 2014.”

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