DWP announces Norcross site is to close. PCS says announcement is ‘another nail in coffin’ of local economy
The Department of Work and Pensions has announced it intends to close one of its major offices in the north west, with the possible loss of hundreds of jobs and the displacement of hundreds more to other sites.
The Norcross centre on the Fylde coast in Lancashire employs more than 1,200 staff and is one of the largest employers in the area.
The PCS says more than 9,000 DWP jobs are being cut under the government spending review with more than 6,000 cuts to be made nationally over the next two years.
The local economy has already been hit hard by 2,500 job losses in the Fylde over the past eight years.
Nearby Blackpool has one of the highest percentages of youth unemployment in the whole of the UK.
Peter Middleman, PCS North West regional secretary said: “There has been a lack of detailed consultation with the union about the closure of the Norcross site which reflects the scale of DWP job cuts.
“Local MPs and council leaders have been lobbying for jobs but the closure of the DWP Norcross site is another nail in the coffin of the Fylde’s economy”
Officials say the DWP has indicated that there will not be any job losses as a direct result of the closure, but they have ‘serious concerns’ about the displacement of staff who may not find it easy to travel to a site much further away.
The union has asked for assurances about DWP staff jobs and those of contractors including IT support, catering, messengers, security, and cleaners.
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