Delight as 80 jobs are ‘secured’

Sinn Fein Foyle MLA Maeve McLaughlin.
Sinn Fein Foyle MLA Maeve McLaughlin.

A total of 80 jobs have been secured at the Work and Pensions Offices in Lisahally, it has emerged.

Work will transfer from Belfast after a business case, submitted by the Social Security Agency for Benefit Cap administration to be handled in Derry, was accepted by the Department for Work and Pensions in London.

The successful bid was revealed to Sinn Fein Foyle MLA, Maeve McLaughlin, and comes six months after 30 jobs were lost with the closure of Lisahally Processing Plant’s File Storage Unit, which was centralised to Britain.

The job losses at the time had come as the entire Lisahally operation faced the threat of closure.

Ms. McLaughlin said the new development would provide a “welcome boost” for workers locally.

“This is great news and a positive development for the city,” Ms. McLaughlin said.

In the letter, the Social Security Agency said this would “secure 80 jobs in Lisahally.The letter adds: “SEA officials are continuing to work with DWP colleagues to better understand their future business requirements and to identify opportunities to locate work in the North West which will contribute to the long term future of Lisahally.