Employment minister Damian Hinds has confirmed a welcome government U-turn on plans to close the Forest Road site.
Campaigning work by PCS members and reps has paid off to secure the future of the DWP office based in Dansom House, Forest Road, Walthamstow.
For many years the office has faced an uncertain future and its closure was announced in January 2017 as part of the DWP’s wide scale plan of office and jobcentre closures. PCS members have used all forms of campaigning and raised a multitude of personnel, site, and health and safety issues to get the site taken off the list of closures across the UK.
Employment Minister Damian Hinds has confirmed that the plans for the Forest Road office include creating a new jobcentre on site and retaining other PCS members including staff who allocate National Insurance numbers and fraud staff.
In a letter to local MP Stella Creasy, who has been a strong supporter of the campaign against the closure, Mr Hinds said:
“We always said that our proposals were not final and we would consult and assess before making final decisions. As a result, our plan has now changed and I can confirm we are keeping Walthamstow Dansom House.”
PCS welcomes this U-turn, which means that many members threatened with long journeys across London can stay at their office.
Offices and services are still threatened in other areas of east London including Leytonstone jobcentre plus and the Cityside National Insurance office in Stepney.
PCS will continue to campaign against these closures in London as part of our wider campaign against office closures across the UK.