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MP backs fight to save jobs at Sidcup DVLA office

PUBLISHED: 10:38 07 March 2012

THe DVLA office at Sidcup

THe DVLA office at Sidcup

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An MP is supporting opposition to the closure of a DVLA office which could see workers made redundant.

Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce has put her name to an Early Day Motion in Parliament Commons urging the Government to reconsider plans to close Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) offices across the country.

The current plans would see the office in Station Road, Sidcup, closed where 89 people’s jobs would be under threat.

Last December the government announced plans to close 39 DVLA offices, 10 enforcement centres and three process units, meaning 1,200 workers will lose their jobs.

Labour MP Ms Pearce is urging people to take part in the government consultation about the changes by submitting their comments before the March 20 deadline.

She said: “These plans are about short term savings but I don’t think Ministers have really thought through the long term implications of shutting all these offices and putting people out of work.

“As well as pushing up local unemployment, it will mean a big reduction in service levels as DVLA services will have to be done over the internet or at Post Offices and the expert advice offered at the Sidcup office will be lost.”

Staff at the Sidcup office recently spent their lunch giving out leaflets to drum up local support to their plight.

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