NEWS that PIP benefit assessments will again be held in Bangor has been “cautiously” welcomed.

Capita has today (Friday) told the Chronicle that it will again be carrying out Personal Independence Payment evaluations in the city.

The agency, which acts for the DWP, says it has secured a three month lease at Storiel, whilst a more permanent site is found in the city.

The move follows pressure from Plaid Cymru Arfon MP Hywel Williams and Dwyfor Meirionnydd MP Liz Saville Roberts.

The MPs had raised the issue with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Thérèse Coffey earlier this week.

The politicians had called for a suitable and permanent site to meet the needs of disabled and vulnerable claimants in Gwynedd.

They had been travelling up to three hours on public transport for assessments in Rhyl or Aberystywyth, after the former centre at Parc Menai was closed in November.

Hywel Williams MP said: “I cautiously welcome the news that Capita has now found an alternative site in Bangor to carry out assessments for Personal Independence Payments (PIP).

“From my understanding, they have secured a temporary lease at the Storiel arts centre, whilst they look for a permanent base in the city.

“At Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday I raised concerns about the closure, and urged the Prime Minister to instruct the DWP to find a suitable local site to meet the needs of severely disabled and vulnerable claimants living in north-west Wales.

“Whilst I welcome this announcement, efforts must now be made to find a permanent site in the area, one which is as local and as convenient as possible and which meets the specific needs of claimants.

“I will be keeping a close eye on the situation over the coming weeks and months, ensuring sufficient progress is made to secure a suitable and permanent local base to meet the needs of severely disabled and vulnerable claimants.”

A Capita spokesperson said: “I can confirm that we will be carrying out assessments at Storiel, we are looking for a more permanent site in Bangor."