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Charity Commission Jobs Relocation Stopped - O'Dowd

Published: 10 January, 2018


Sinn Fein MLA John O'Dowd has welcomed confirmation, from the Permanent Secretary at the Department of Communities, that no decision will be made about the future relocation of the Charity Commission from Lurgan without full consultation with local elected representatives and Ministerial approval.

Mr O' Dowd said:

"The Permanent Secretary's letter to me should now put an end to plans from some within the Charity Commission Board to move the Commission from Lurgan to Belfast.

"Any such move will now only take place with the approval of a Minister and I do not believe any Minister could or would approve such a move. It would be in contrary to Executive policy of decentralising public sector jobs from Belfast.

"I now call on the Charity Commission to bring this saga to an end and give the staff in the Commission the certainty of employment location they deserve."