Belfast Telegraph

Jobs for ex-motor tax employees

The Department for Social Development is to offer up to 100 jobs to former motor tax workers in Coleraine.

The decision could secure work until the end of the year, minister Nelson McCausland said.

About 300 positions will be shed, mostly in the Co Londonderry town, when Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) services are moved to Swansea on July 21.

Mr McCausland said: "I have arranged for officials to meet with their counterparts as soon as this Friday with a view to exploring potential areas of work that could support up to 100 posts on a short term basis through to December this year which would be located in Coleraine.

"My officials have been working hard to explore every possible opportunity to assist those staff in Coleraine who have been affected by the decision to centralise vehicle registration and licensing services in Swansea and will continue to look at further opportunities going forward.

"The staff affected by this decision are in a very real and very difficult position. I would hope to be in a position to provide the details of these opportunities within the next few weeks.

"The position in Coleraine is a priority for all departments and one that I know all my ministerial colleagues and I are committed in trying where possible to find solutions."

The Department of the Environment has already said it will move 70 civil service posts to Coleraine to lessen the impact of job losses.


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