MPs are this week debating the closure of more than 100 DWP offices, including jobcentres and ‘back of house’ offices – urge yours to back the PCS campaign to keep them open.
Earlier this month the government confirmed plans to close almost one in 10 jobcentres, 27 ‘back of house’ offices and 6 hub offices/corporate centres, by March 2018.
A further 40 ‘back of house’ offices are due to close by 2023.
Ministers had publicly admitted they expect at least 750 DWP staff to lose their jobs and refused 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 have today begun a second week-long strike against the government’s closure plans.
Contact your MP and ask them to join the campaign by signing early day motion 154 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).