Closure of DSA Cardiff impacts purchasing jobs

20 January 2011

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 moved.

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.

Rosemary 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.”

She 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."

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