20 January 2011 | Angeline Albert
Buyers at the Driving Standards Agency’s (DSA) office in Cardiff face uncertainty about their jobs after it was announced the
site would close by March 2012.
A consultation with trade unions is under way on
implementing the closure of the office, which carries out back-office
activities including purchasing.
The eight individuals involved in buying who are based in Cardiff could be
transferred to other DSA offices in Nottingham and
Newcastle, where the purchasing work currently carried out in Cardiff may be
A total of 87
staff work at the Caradog House site, which is set to close by 31 March 2012.
The consultation is expected to be completed by 19 April 2011.
The agency said it faced a “financial constraint as
test fees are not increased”.
The DSA is responsible for setting standards and conducting
tests from 150 theory test centres and 400 practical test centres.
Thew, DSA chief executive, said in a statement: "The DSA is funded by the
fees we receive from customers, and our duty is to spend that money
responsibly, while maintaining a good level of service. That means being as
efficient as possible in every area of our work and considering closely any
areas of spending which may not be necessary.”
added: "Staff at Caradog House will be properly involved throughout the
consultation process on the proposed office closure and we will be working hard
to make sure that their questions and concerns are answered."