MPs are this week debating the closure of 100 DWP offices, including jobcentres and ‘back of house’ offices – urge yours to back the PCS campaign to keep them open.
Click on this link - early day motion 154 - to contact your MP and ask them to join the PCS campaign to oppose DWP office closures by signing the early day motion before the close of parliament this Friday (21) sponsored by PCS parliamentary group Chris Stephens and by attending the Westminster Hall debate on the closures at 1.30pm on Thursday 20 July.
Our campaign has already saved Barrow, Bishop Auckland, Glasgow Castlemilk, Edmonton, Glasgow Cambuslang, Newcastle East, South Shields and Plymouth Old Tree Court (Job Centre only). But the government confirmed plans to close almost one in 10 jobcentres, 27 ‘back of house’ offices and /corporate centre sites by March 2018.
A further 40 ‘back of house’ offices are due to close by 2023.
Ministers have publicly admitted they expect at least 750 DWP staff to lose their jobs and refuse to rule out compulsory redundancies. As well as hurting vulnerable users, this will mean a loss of thousands of pounds worth of income for local businesses and the local community. The government has not taken the impacts on vulnerable groups and employees into account thoroughly and has not even consulted claimants who use the job centres on plans to close them.
Our members at Sheffield Eastern Avenue jobcentre are in the middle of a second week-long strike against the government’s closure plans for their office.