Staff at Dundee’s new national social security centre will be housed at the city’s council headquarters, it has been revealed.
Some local authority workers will be asked to move to other offices after councillors agreed an 18-month deal to host Social Security Scotland at Dundee House.
Dundee City Council confirmed it will lease the entire second floor of the Lindsay Street property to the new welfare agency on an interim basis while efforts to find it a permanent home continue.
However, the administration stopped short of saying how many staff would need to be moved, which departments they would come from and what alternative sites they would be sent to.
Council leader John Alexander said: “We have been working closely with the Scottish Government to help them establish where the headquarters for Social Security Scotland will be based in the city.
“We have agreed to lease the second floor of Dundee House for an interim period of 18 months. Our staff have been informed of this and, where appropriate, have been relocated to other council properties.”
Holyrood is to take control of 11 benefits through a new Social Security Scotland system, with around 750 positions up for grabs in Dundee by 2021 after the city was chosen to host the agency’s HQ.
The process has been racked with controversy after auditors found the Scottish Government had not clearly set out the total bill for putting the powers into practice.
Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman also faced criticism after admitting she did not know where the agency’s new Dundee headquarters would be based.