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BPACC - DVLA closure protest

BPACC joined PCS members on the picket line at the Bournemouth DVLA office. They were supported staff staging a lunchtime protest against Government cuts that will take away their 64 jobs.

All 39 regional DVLA offices are being closed between autumn 2012 and autumn 2013 to hopefully save £28million a year. The offices are particularly popular with specialist services used by motor dealers and the disabled whose vehicles have been modified. They now face having to deal only with the DVLA head office in Swansea.

There are 19 staff dealing with the public and people said how convenient it was to do things face to face. The office also has 45 staff working on enforcement, including vehicle taxing.

The protest was organised by the PCS union, which said it has 60-70 per cent membership in Bournemouth. Branch secretary Berewyn Long said he feared enforcement would end up being done by computer from Swansea.

Mr Long said it was unlikely staff could move into other civil service posts, given the cuts – he said 100,000 people recently applied for 4,000 positions in the Department of Work and Pensions.

Kinson North Labour Cllr Dennis Gritt who also joined the protest said the Labour Party is putting a motion to Bournemouth council on February 28 asking for the town’s MPs to oppose the closure.

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