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Beith fights for civil servants

Sir Alan Beith

Sir Alan Beith

Sir Alan Beith is continuing the fight to find work for civil servants whose jobs are at risk following a part-privatisation.

In his efforts to keep jobs at Alnwick’s Defra offices, the Berwick MP met Steria’s senior executive, John Torrie, to discuss the future of the town’s operations.

During their meeting, Mr Torrie repeated the relevant minister’s assurance that work will continue at the office for the next 20 months, during which the company will be looking to see whether some or all of the existing work and possibly new work can be located there.

Sir Alan said: “I am pressing the company and Defra to bring more work to the Alnwick office where the quality and loyalty of the staff are well recognised.

“As the department in charge of rural affairs, Defra needs to be promoting jobs in rural centres and moving them out of London and other urban locations.”

Around 40 employees have been transferred to a new businesses, SSCL, which is 75% owned by French company Steria. The new company has been given 20 months to continue working from the Alnwick office and Sir Alan is pressing for more work to be found for the Northumberland base.

In October, it was revealed that 41 civil service jobs were at risk.

 

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