Mark question Transport Minister on DVLA closure

(February 25, 2015)


Following a recent written parliamentary question to the Transport Minister, it has revealed that the payout for for redunduncies following the closure of the DVLA Offices in Preston was just over £900,000.

Mark's Question:

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff employed at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency office in Preston were made redundant when it closed; and what the total cost was of those redundancies.

Ministerial Answer: (Claire Perry - Parliamentary Under Secretary, Department for Transport)

When the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency’s local office in Preston closed, 45 members of staff volunteered to take a redundancy package. The total cost of those redundancies was £910,687.44. There were no compulsory redundancies.

Mark said: 'The Department for Transport response showed that the cost of this redundancy was more than £900,000.  This in itself may seem a lot of money and people may question why this was considered value for money from the Government's point of view.  It is extremely regrettable from an employment point of view but clearly is a more efficient way of issuing licences.'

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