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Gloria demands answers over plans to close Annesley DWP centre

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Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero is demanding answers from the Department of Work and Pensions over its decision to close its Annesley office, putting 130 jobs at risk.

Plans to close the DWP back of house office at Sherwood Park in Annesley were revealed at the end of January.

Gloria has since been in communication with the Public and Commercial Services Union, which has told her that staff are currently having meetings to establish how the closure will affect them.

The details are yet to be made clear but it appears that any opportunities for redeployment within DWP will predominantly be in Nottingham, greatly increasing travel time for many of the Annesley workers.

It is not yet known how many opportunities for redeployment there will be.

Gloria has submitted parliamentary questions to the Department for Work and Pensions to find out more about how the decision to close the Annesley office was taken and what assessment of the impact of the closure was made.

She also asks about the costs of relocating staff and resources from the Annesley site.

Gloria said: “It is not clear exactly how or why the Department for Work and Pensions has come to the decision to close its office in Annesley.

“What is clear is that this is having a devastating effect on the people who work there and could be about to lose their jobs.

“We need the Government to create more jobs in Ashfield – not to take good jobs away. There can be no positive spin put on this decision for this area.”

The PCS has identified nine back of house sites which are due to close by March 2018 and where redeployment of staff will cause major difficulties.

Annesley is one of these sites.

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