30/09/2003

Kilkeel gets new £1m Jobs and Benefits Office

A £1 million Jobs & Benefits office has been officially opened in Kilkeel today.

Chief Executive of the Social Security Agency, Chris Thompson said the new office would offer "a whole new service for the community in Kilkeel and demonstrates our commitment to providing excellent services in the town".

He added: "Our new offices are designed with our customers in mind. They provide practical support in a friendly and welcoming environment.

“I am very proud of the new service, which provides a real step change in the way we deliver employment and welfare services. It’s all about encouraging people into work and providing security for those who can’t work and it puts this organisation at the leading edge in service delivery.”

The new accommodation brings together in one place the services of the Department for Employment and Learning and the Social Security Agency to help people of working age into employment.

So far, 14 of the new integrated offices have opened and over the next few years a total of 35 will be introduced throughout Northern Ireland.

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