Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
North West; Cumbria; West Cumbria
Location of affected unit(s)
Westlakes Science Park, Whitehaven
Public Administration And Defence
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
84 - Public administration and defence; compulsory social security

90 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
22 June 2010
Employment effect (start)
22 July 2010
Foreseen end date


The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is to cut 90 jobs in West Cumbria. The agency, which is responsible for overseeing the cleanup of contaminated sites, has begun a 30 day period of consultation with staff at its headquarters on the Westlakes Science Park near Whitehaven, where the majority of the cuts will be made. The job losses, which are a 30% reduction of the workforce, are said to be a result of recent efficiency savings by the agency, and a need to avoid duplication in posts.

Bill Hamilton, head of stakeholder communications at NDA, said: "Management will be working with staff and trade unions to try and minimise the effect of the cuts...We are looking at re-employment or retirement. If we have to look at redundancies we hope they will be voluntary rather than compulsory." Local Councillor Tim Heslop, leader of Allerdale council, said he was "disappointed" at the cuts. Jez Stewart, negotiator at prospect union, which represents staff at the NDA, said the union was "shocked and disappointed" at the announcement and that they would be working with management to try and "minimise the threat" of compulsory redundancy. No details were given as to when the job cuts would be completed by.


  • 24 June 2010: BBC Website (www.bbc.co.uk)
  • 23 June 2010: The Times


Eurofound (2010), Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 70766, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/70766.