Staff fear for jobs as government reviews registries

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Staff fear for their jobs after government announced it was looking at bringing common registries functions under a single unit.

Proposals to streamline registries functions and bring them together in the Department of Economic Development were outlined to staff who would potentially be affected last week.

The Manx Independent understands part of the proposal is for Douglas Corporation and Onchan Commissioners to take over registrations for births, deaths and marriages. This is already the case in Castletown, Ramsey and Peel.

One member of staff said: ‘We have been informed not to say anything but as my job is one that’s going I’ve nothing to lose at the end of the day.’ But a government spokesman insisted there were no identified job losses associated with the proposal.

The spokesman said the Business Change Steering Group was working through a range of options to make government’s structures and systems more streamlined and efficient, including reviewing whether there would be benefits of bringing similar functions together in one place.

‘One such option under consideration is to bring together common registries functions under a single management unit in the Department of Economic Development.

‘This proposal is still in the early stages, is subject to the development of a detailed business case, and there are no identified job losses associated with it.

‘All those staff who will potentially be affected by the change have been told about the proposal.’

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