Jobcen­tre set to shut after ‘merger’ with cen­tral of­fice

Coventry Telegraph - - NEWS - By ENDA MULLEN News Re­porter enda.mullen@trin­i­tymir­ Tile Hill Jobcen­tre

TILE Hill Jobcen­tre is to close its doors next year as part of a pro­gramme of ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion by the Depart­ment for Work and Pen­sions (DWP).

The Tile Hill of­fice in Tor­ring­ton Av­enue will be merged with Coven­try’s main Jobcen­tre in Cofa Court.

The merger is set to hap­pen on March 23 2018.

The Coven­try job cen­tre merger is part of a ma­jor ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion of job cen­tres across the coun­try by the DWP.

The pro­gramme, which be­gan in Au­gust, will see more than 100 job cen­tres closed.

Some will be mov­ing into ex­ist­ing lo­cal au­thor­ity prop­er­ties but many are be­ing “merged” with nearby cen­tres.

The Gov­ern­ment has es­ti­mated the changes – which will re­sult in around one in 10 job cen­tres clos­ing – will save more than £140 mil­lion a year over the next decade.

The changes are in re­sponse to the large num­ber of Job­seeker’s Al­lowance and Univer­sal Credit ap­pli­ca­tions which are now be­ing made on­line.

The DWP said claimants will be in­formed in ad­vance of the clo­sures and job cen­tre work coaches will pro­vide help and as­sis­tance to them dur­ing the merg­ers.

Damian Hinds, Min­is­ter for Em­ploy­ment, said: “We will al­ways make sure that peo­ple have the sup­port they need to get into and progress within work.

“These changes re­flect the fact that more peo­ple ac­cess their ben­e­fits on­line re­sult­ing in many of our build­ings be­ing un­der­used.

“The changes DWP is mak­ing to its es­tate across the coun­try will of­fer a more ef­fi­cient ser­vice, and de­liver good value for the tax­payer.”

Else­where in the Mid­lands Kid­der­min­ster and Red­ditch job cen­tres in Worces­ter­shire will move to sites cur­rently oc­cu­pied by their lo­cal author­i­ties.

Welling­ton and Made­ley cen­tres in Shrop­shire will close with the work trans­fer­ring to Telford.

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