Job hub re­view bid

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Government plans to shut the Job­cen­tre Plus of­fice in Cam­bus­lang must be re­viewed ac­cord­ing to the Scot­tish Af­fairs Com­mit­tee.

The com­mit­tee say the pro­posal to close Cam­bus­lang, and seven other cen­tres in and around Glas­gow, demon­strates a “lack of strate­gic think­ing,” and the new pro­pos­als “would not pro­vide an ad­e­quate ser­vice.”

The Depart­ment of Work and Pen­sions an­nounced the planned clo­sures last year.

They say Glas­gow has a greater den­sity of smaller of­fices, com­pared to other large towns and cities in Scot­land.

The ex­pi­ra­tion of the 20year PFI con­tract, un­der which Job­cen­tre Plus premises were leased, pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for a com­pre­hen­sive re­view of how the ser­vice could be mod­ernised.

But the com­mit­tee say the UK Government “has to show more am­bi­tion and dex­ter­ity to cre­ate an ef­fec­tive job cen­tre net­work.”

Chair of the com­mit­tee, Pete Wishart MP, said: “Job­cen­tre Plus cen­tres are there to serve their com­mu­ni­ties, when peo­ple are of­ten at their most vul­ner­a­ble, these pro­pos­als will fail to do this ad­e­quately.

“We urge the Government to look at this pol­icy again and come back with a co­her­ent so­lu­tion that works for the peo­ple who use the ser­vice, as well as be­ing value for money.”

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