The human cost of closing Hoylake Jobcentre was highlighted today (25) by a well-supported strike by PCS members taking action against the closure of their office.
The removal of this vital service from the community is part of the DWP strategy to close more than 100 offices over the next 5 years, with many jobcentres and other offices closing by March next year.
Today’s closure in Hoylake will leave the community without a jobcentre that has been based in its current location since 2000, and will force the public to travel over 4 miles if they need to visit the office.
The strike has been supported by 100% of the members in Hoylake and has sent a strong message to the department, with excellent support from other union branches, local activists and members of the PCS DWP group executive committee.
More than 400 signatures have already added to a petition demanding the office stays open, and local businesses have expressed their concern at the loss of custom they will suffer."
PCS will continue to consult members on the ongoing campaign and is determined to press for the return of the jobcentre to Hoylake.
Angela Grant, group assistant secretary and branch secretary for DWP Wirral, said: "This is not about staff, but about the closure of the jobcentre, which will result in hundreds of vulnerable people having to travel over four miles to receive the support they desperately need. DWP claims this is a cost-cutting exercise, in reality the cost will be transferred to jobcentre users, this will become human cost and we cannot put a price on people's health and wellbeing."