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Response to Job Centre Plus closures

Published: 26 Jan 2017 17:23

Minister for Employability and Training responds to UK Government announcement on Job Centre Plus closures.

Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn said:

“I am deeply concerned about the closure of yet more Jobcentre Plus offices in Scotland and the potential impact these will have on people looking for support to find a job, and how people in communities across Scotland will be able to access their local Jobcentre Plus.  

“This announcement has been shambolically handled today by the UK Government who are yet again ignoring the needs of people in Scotland. Not only have they announced these closures without any advance consultation with the communities who will be affected, they also bypassed the Scottish Government, going against the principles of the Smith Agreement.

“These disproportionate cuts to Scottish services will lead to people across Scotland, especially those in rural areas, facing increased transport costs and additional travelling time, particularly those required to engage with their Work Coach daily or weekly.

“The closures will affect vulnerable people who struggle to access services, including those with health and mobility problems. I am particularly concerned at the increased risk of benefit sanctions, pushing people into crises and desperation, and make it more difficult for them to find employment.

“As we move towards the launch of the Scottish Government's transitional employment services this year, we need to be in a position where we can offer people support and work that aligns with Jobcentre Plus; not see the UK Government take services away and make them harder to access.”

Background

Scotland: Estates closure consultation announced on 26th Jan 2017

 

 

Job Centres

Back of House

Centre for Health and Disability Assessment

Co-location proposals

Acquisition

Broxburn

Edinburgh, South St Andrews St

Inverness, Church St (Defined by DWP as jobcentre and back of house)

Larkhall (Defined as jobcentre, but stated as interview room)

Port Glasgow

Alexandria

Wick Girnigoe Street (part of Wick co-location proposal)

Benbecula

Lanark Atholl House (part of Lanark co-location) proposal)

 

Aberdeen Greyfriars

Coatbridge South Circular Road

Glasgow Portcullis House

Paisley Lonend

Cumnock Killoch House

Glasgow Corunna House

 

 

Inverness

Lanark

Wick

Glasgow (tbc)

           

Scotland: List of sites DWP state announced prior to 26th Jan 2017

 

Job Centres

Back of House

Centre for Health and Disability Assessment

Co-location proposals

Acquisition

Bridgeton

Castlemilk

Dalkeith

Fort William Waverley House

Galashiels New Reiver House

Glasgow Cambuslang

Langside

Maryhill

Parkhead

Stornoway (JCP)

Anniesland

Easterhouse

Edinburgh, Silvan House (job centre and back of house)

N/A

Ayr Russell House

Fort William

Galashiels

N/A