Calls to save job centres
Move to stop DWP closures
Local politicians have thrown their weight behind a campaign to save the job centres in Cambuslang and Castlemilk from closure.
Both Margaret Ferrier MP and Clare Haughey MSP are among a group who have established a change.org petition calling on Minister for Employment Damian Hinds to halt the plans. They want him to carry out a thorough Equality Impact Assessment before making a decision on the future of the job centres.
They say that closing the centres would be a “morally outrageous” decision.
Last month it was announced that eight of the 16 job centres operating across Glasgow and the surrounding area were earmarked for closure as part of the Department of Work and Pensions review of their estate.
People in Cambuslang will be asked to attend Rutherglen Job Centre in the future, while those in Castlemilk will be expected to travel to the Newlands facility.
Margaret Ferrier MP said: “The DWP have announced ridiculous plans which will see half of the Jobcentres in the Glasgow area close their doors for good.
“People will have to travel further, and no doubt this will lead to a rise in punitive sanctions. “This cannot be allowed to go ahead.” The petition has been signed by several MPs and MSPs for the affected areas.
It states: “This morally outrageous decision will impact tens of thousands of people in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance, employment support allowance and universal credit.
“The consequences will be severely felt by some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in our most deprived communities who will find it more difficult to access these vital services.
“These closures will result in the poorest communities not being serviced by a Jobcentre and make it even harder for those seeking employment to get support.
“Thousands of people will have to travel further at additional cost to attend their appointments and run a greater risk of falling foul of the UK Government’s sanctions regime.
“This decision will also impact Scottish workers who will be forced to relocate to other Jobcentres.
“It is especially concerning that the UK Government has brought forward these proposals without carrying out an Equality Impact Assessment and without consulting the Scottish Government.”
A final decision on the plans is expected within the next six months.
Other job centres affected by the proposals are in Parkhead, Bridgeton, Easterhouse, Langside, Anniesland and Maryhill.
The petition can be signed at www.change. org/p/damian-hinds-mp-save-glasgow-sjobcentres
This cannot be allowed to go ahead”