Dundee 900-job boost amid 20-year waterfront lease

Cabinet Secretary for Social Security Shirley Anne Somerville confirmed on Wednesday that Social Security Scotland has taken a 20-year lease to become the first tenants at Dundee’s waterfront regeneration project.

The site will be one of three Dundee locations that Social Security Scotland will operate from as it continues to grow its presence in the city. 

With space to potentially employ up to 900 people, it is estimated that the public body’s presence in Dundee alone has the potential to contribute up to £100m to the wider Scottish economy.

Social Security Scotland also has a major site in Glasgow city centre and a local presence in every local authority across Scotland. 

Somerville said: “I’m pleased to confirm that we have secured premises for our permanent head office in Dundee for our growing new public service.

“This will create new jobs and boost the local economy, as well as provide a social security system that is accessible and meets the needs of those who use it.

“Social Security Scotland has been operating in the city since the summer of 2018.

“Securing this space further establishes our presence and investment in Dundee, demonstrating our commitment to the city’s ongoing regeneration. 

“I look forward to seeing staff and clients making use of this great new space when it’s ready and Covid-19 guidelines say it’s safe to do so.”

Social Security Scotland CEO David Wallace said: “I’m excited that we have secured this site for our Dundee headquarters – a building with this capacity, accessibility and close proximity to transport links is rare. 

“This building gives us three sites in the city.

“Each building is in a central location served by a range of transport options, and great care has been taken to ensure our accommodation is accessible for people with varying abilities.

“Each Social Security Scotland facility will offer a space where staff and clients feel welcome.

“This is the next big step in establishing Social Security Scotland as a major employer in the city.

“We’re looking forward to moving in and offering jobs and contracts that will help boost the local economy and further regeneration of this great city.”

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