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Fifteen DVLA jobs at risk as government reveals Norwich office will close next year

PUBLISHED: 19:56 04 July 2012 | UPDATED: 20:26 04 July 2012

The Norwich DVLA office in Prince of Wales Road is one of 39 local offices across the country due to be closed. Photo: Bill Smith

The Norwich DVLA office in Prince of Wales Road is one of 39 local offices across the country due to be closed. Photo: Bill Smith

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Fifteen people are at risk of losing their jobs after the government today revealed the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency’s (DVLA) Norwich office will close.

The Prince of Wales Road-based service is proposed to shut in October 2013.

It is one of 39 regional offices to be scrapped, affecting more than 1,200 people, in an attempt to save £26m-a-year.

The government says it hopes some of the staff will be able to re-locate to the DVLA’s Swansea head office - more than 300 miles away from Norwich.

Roads minister Mike Penning said the DVLA reforms would provide a better, quicker service for motorists, with services centralised and more transactions available online.

He said today: “I understand that the phased closure of the regional offices will come as a disappointment to those directly affected. I would like to thank the staff in these offices who have played an important part in DVLA service delivery over the years.”

Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union, said communities stand to lose more jobs from services the public and traders rely on.

He said: “When our towns and cities are crying out for investment, not more cuts, it’s scandalous that ministers are ploughing ahead with closures that the vast majority of people have opposed.”

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