UP TO 25 jobs are at risk in Sheffield after the Government announced it is to close its regional DVLA offices.
All 39 regional Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency offices are to close in a move affecting more than 1,200 staff - including the office on Napier Street, off Ecclesall Road, Sheffield, which deals with enquiries about vehicle registration and licensing.
Roads minister Mike Penning said the centralisation of the agency’s services would save about £26 million a year.
But Sheffield MP Paul Blomfield said the move was ‘a false economy’ and would do nothing to combat motoring tax evasion.
Mr Blomfield, Labour MP for Sheffield Central, said: “The roads minister revealed to me that redundancy payments for the loss of 25 jobs in Sheffield and 1,200 jobs across the country will be £32 million.”
It is hoped some of the staff affected will be able to relocate to the head office in Swansea and no offices will close until late next year.
Mr Penning said the DVLA reforms would provide a better quicker service for motorists, with services centralised and more transactions available online.
He said: “The DVLA has been serving motorists for more than 40 years but times and customers’ needs change. That is why the agency continues to transform its services to give customers more choice and flexibility while offering best value for money for the taxpayer.
“These changes - developed after carefully listening to views expressed at consultation - will ensure that the agency delivers a smarter service to bring real benefits for the motor industry and every motorist in this country.
“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.”