Home Office jobs could be under threat

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BRIGHTSIDE and Hillsborough MP David Blunkett has spoken of his concerns at possible job losses at the UK Border Agency and Home Office in Sheffield.

The former Home Secretary said he had received a letter from the UKBA’s Regional Director for Yorkshire and the Humber, Jeremy Oppenheim, warning him the Border Agency is set to axe 5,200 jobs worldwide by 2015.

Mr Blunkett said he fears for jobs in Sheffield because the city is the largest UKBA site in the region, and is now calling on city politicians to fight for local jobs. He has also tabled parliamentary questions to Home Secretary Theresa May demanding to know the exact number of planned redundancies.

Mr Blunkett said: “I am deeply disturbed at the implications of this for both individuals and the city economy.

“It is vital to lift the uncertainty and bring clarity to those affected - but it is also critical for the Liberal Democrat leaders of Sheffield Council to start fighting for these jobs, rather than rolling over to yet another body blow delivered by the coalition. I hope the Government will come clean on what is planned as quickly as possible.”