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PCS members protest outside the Leeds DVLA Office

PCS members at the Leeds Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) office took part in a protest today in their lunch break over the governments plan to close all local and enforcement offices around the country and centralise services in Swansea.

Iain Dalton, Leeds Socialist Party

The protest came as a result of government minister, Mike Penning, announcing the proposal just before Christmas, with a resulting loss of 1,200 jobs across DVLA. The local offices deal with a whole range of issues including changes to vehicle taxati, tranfer of private number plates, registration of imported and historic vehicles.

The closure programme comes amongst attacks in other parts of the Department for Transport (DfT) including the closure of coastguard stations and privatisation of the DfT shared service centre. As a result the PCS DfT group is in the process of starting to ballot for action over these attacks.

Further protests over the DVLA office closure programme are planned in a few weeks time. For more info on the campaign to stop the closures, please see pcs.org.uk/dvlapcs