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DVLA office fight moves to parliament

MPs will be lobbied tomorrow (Wednesday 22 February) by campaigners who want to stop the closure of all 39 regional offices of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

The Public and Commercial Services union – which represents the 1,200 workers facing unemployment – has invited politicians to a drop-in briefing at the House of Commons from 10.30am.

The closures would wipe out the high quality face-to-face services these offices provide to the public and motor traders, whose often complex enquiries could not be handled by telephone or online.

The would also be a further blow to local economies and retail areas already struggling as a result of rising unemployment and wage cuts.

The offices facing closure are: Aberdeen:, Greyfriars House, Gallow Gate. AB10 1WG (nine jobs at risk); Bangor, 339 High Street, LL57 1YA (13 jobs); Beverley, Crosskill House, Mill Lane HU17 9JB(17 jobs); Birmingham, 30 Granby Avenue, B33 0SD (52 jobs); Borehamwood; Elstree Gate, Elstree Way ,WD6 1JD (33 jobs); Bournemouth, 25 Bourne Valley Road, Poole, BH12 1DR (61 jobs); Brighton, Mocatta House, Trafalgar Place, BN1 4UE (22 jobs); Bristol, Northleigh House, Stoke Gifford, BS12 6SR (24 jobs); Cardiff, 77, Ty Glas Avenue, Llanishen, CF14 5DX (36 jobs); Carlisle, 3 Merchants Drive, Parkhouse, CA3 0JW (10 jobs); Chelmsford, 18 Hoffmanns Way, CM1 1GU (54 jobs); Chester, Norroy House, Nuns Road, CH1 2ND (18 jobs); Dundee, Caledonian House, Greenmarket, DD1 4QX (11 jobs); Edinburgh, 1 Lochside Avenue, EH12 9DJ (25 jobs); Exeter, Hanover House, Matford Business Park, EX2 8EF (37 jobs); Glasgow, 46 West Campbell Street, G2 6TT (67 jobs); Inverness, 28 Longman Road, IV1 1RP (7 jobs); Ipswich, St. Clare House, Greyfriars, IP1 1UT (16 jobs); Leeds, Unit 9, Temple Point, Finch Drive, LS15 9JQ (55 jobs); Lincoln, Firth Court, Firth Road, LN5 7WD (19 jobs); Maidstone, 11 Queen Anne Road, ME14 1XB (22 jobs); Manchester, Trafford House, Chester Road, M32 0SL (63 jobs); Newcastle, Regent Farm Road, NE3 3QF (48 jobs); Northampton, Riverside House, Bedford Road, NN1 5PE (58 jobs); Norwich, 7-11 Prince of Wales Road, NR1 1BD (17 jobs); Nottingham, Orchard Place, Nottingham Business Park NG8 6PX (49 jobs); Oxford, 3 Cambridge Terrace, OX1 1RW (10 jobs); Peterborough, 88 Lincoln Road, PE1 2ST (26 jobs); Portsmouth, Kingston Crescent, PO2 8AH (23 jobs); Preston, Fulwood Park, Caxton Road, PR2 9NZ (60 jobs); Sheffield, Cedar House, 63 Napier Street S11 8HA (25 jobs); Shrewsbury, Stafford Drive, SY1 3BF (19 jobs); Sidcup, 12 Station Road, DA15 7DA (86 jobs); Stockton, St Mark’s House, Thornaby, TS17 6QR (23 jobs); Theale, Theale House, Brunel Road, Reading, RG7 4AQ (21 jobs); Truro, Pydar House, Pydar Street, TR1 2TG (13 jobs); Wimbledon, Connect House, London, SW19 7JY (39 jobs); Worcester, Clerkenleap Barn, Broomhall, WR5 3HR (27 jobs).

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