STAFF working in the Social Security Agency’s bank liaison team in Londonderry are being redeployed to Belfast under a modernisation programme.
SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey queried the move asking Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland “why the Bank Liaison Team offices in Lisahally are being relocated to Belfast.”
He replied that the SSA’s Payment management services was currently dispersed across two locations, Londonderry and Belfast, with the majority of the function based in Belfast.
“As part of its modernisation programme, the Agency is continuing to introduce new systems and methods of payment for its customers. “Consequently it is also necessary to review staffing levels and location of posts as part of the Agency’s efficiency programme.
“The Bank Liaison Section is part of a wider reorganisation of the finance function within the Agency and work is ongoing to redeploy the affected staff taking account of the individual circumstances and business need. Discussions are ongoing with local staff and their representatives,” he explained.