Cen­tre saved

Cam­bus­lang and Castlemilk spared the axe

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

Cam­bus­lang and Castlemilk job cen­tres have been saved from clo­sure.

The De­part­ment for Work and Pen­sions con­firmed they were shelv­ing the plans to shut both fa­cil­i­ties but would press on with the clo­sure of six other cen­tres in the Glas­gow area.

Cam­bus­lang and Castlemilk job cen­tres have been saved from clo­sure.

The De­part­ment for Work and Pen­sions con­firmed they were shelv­ing the plans to shut both fa­cil­i­ties, but would press on with the clo­sure of six other cen­tres in the Glas­gow area.

A spokes­woman for the DWP told the Re­former Cam­bus­lang was saved af­ter they as­sessed the sit­u­a­tion in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

She said: “We al­ways said that our pro­pos­als were not fi­nal and we would con­sult and as­sess be­fore mak­ing fi­nal de­ci­sions.

“We will keep Cam­bus­lang Job­cen­tre - rather than move it into Ruther­glen - be­cause more de­tailed as­sess­ment re­vealed fu­ture job cen­tre ser­vices would be bet­ter de­liv­ered from the two of­fices.”

Plans to shut Castlemilk were scrapped af­ter a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion and the scheme could even be in line for a more mod­ern fa­cil­ity.

The spokes­woman added: “While we don’t be­lieve that the build­ing is suit­able in the long-term be­cause there is in­suf­fi­cient space and the build­ing is of poor qual­ity, we will keep it open for a short pe­riod sub­ject to lease ne­go­ti­a­tions.

“Dur­ing this pe­riod we will look for a new site for this branch in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

The news was wel­comed by Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, who had op­posed the Cam­bus­lang plans.

Chair, David Thom­son, said: “We are relieved and pleased that the Cam­bus­lang Job­cen­tre is to be re­tained.

“It should never have been threat­ened with clo­sure given the vi­tal role that it plays in pro­vid­ing lo­cal wel­fare and em­ploy­ment sup­port, as well as the jobs that it pro­vides.

“Pub­lic sec­tor em­ploy­ment is also vi­tal for the vi­a­bil­ity of our town cen­tre. We are grate­ful for the cam­paign run by our elected mem­bers, in­clud­ing our for­mer MP Mar­garet Fer­rier, to save the job cen­tre.”

Ms Fer­rier had cam­paigned for the re­ten­tion of the cen­tre be­fore her de­feat in last month’s gen­eral elec­tion and said she was “de­lighted that we have forced the Tories into a U-turn.”

She added: “To­day’s an­nounce­ment is a vic­tory for the lo­cal com­mu­nity and I’m proud to have been able to have played a part in it.”

Clare Haughey MSP also wel­comed the news, say­ing: “Job cen­tres play an im­por­tant role in sup­port­ing peo­ple who are seek­ing work.

“They are also an im­por­tant point of con­tact for lo­cal busi­nesses that are look­ing to re­cruit and for lo­cal and na­tional ini­tia­tives that seek to sup­port peo­ple into work, as well as en­cour­ag­ing growth and op­por­tu­nity for all.”

Cur­rent MP Ger­ard Killen said that while the news was wel­come, the govern­ment’s at­ti­tude to job cen­tres was “ut­terly dis­grace­ful.”

He added: “The UK govern­ment should be mak­ing it eas­ier to get into the jobs mar­ket, not harder. The con­tempt shown by Theresa May to ar­eas like Cam­bus­lang is de­plorable and un­for­tu­nately keep­ing Cam­bus­lang’s Job­cen­tre is just one good re­sult for cam­paign­ers out of the Con­ser­va­tive party’s agenda against work­ing peo­ple.”

It should never have been threat­ened with clo­sure given the vi­tal role that it plays

Saved Cam­bus­lang Job­cen­tre will not be clos­ing af­ter the DWP car­ried out an as­sess­ment into the po­ten­tial im­pact

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