The DWP has announced that it will be shutting jobcentres across the country.
78 jobcentres will be ‘divested’; effectively meaning that they will be closed and their staff and facilities merged to create fewer and larger jobcentres.
Edmonton and Edmonton (annex) jobcentre are amongst those that will be ‘divested’ elsewhere. It is proposed that the service will be relocated to Palmers Green Jobcentre and Enfield Jobcentre before March 2018.
The move will save the DWP £180m a year and the DWP has stated that consultation on the changes will only occur where Jobcentres are being moved more than three miles or a twenty-minute journey away.
Speaking on the subject, Kate says:
“I am appalled by the government’s decision to close Edmonton’s jobcentre and much more across the country. There has been a total lack of consultation on this decision.
The services provided by the jobcentre are an importance resource for many of my constituents; recent figures from October 2016 show there are 2,155 claimants in Edmonton, 1,666 of whom claim only JSA.
Closing jobcentres will only mean that people have to travel further to access the services they need, and in particular, it leaves behind those who do not have access to online services.
This government talks about wanting to help people get into work, but this reckless move is sending the opposite message.
I have written to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Damien Green MP, to express my opposition to the jobcentre closures and my concerns about the lack of public consultation surrounding this decision.
I have requested an urgent meeting with him to discuss this further.”