Jobcentre Plus Job Loss Risk As Government Plans To Close 1 in 10 JCP Offices

Jobcentre Plus Job Loss Risk As Government Plans To Close 1 in 10 JCP Offices
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Jobcentre Plus jobs are at risk after news that the government plans to close more than 10% of Jobcentre Plus offices. The cuts are likely to result in the loss of up to 750 jobs.

There are currently 714 Jobcentre Plus offices in England, Wales and Scotland operating on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions. The Minister for Employment, Damian Hinds, cited that the reason for closure as online serivices such as Universal Jobs Match changing how people use welfare services. He claimed that Jobcentre Plus offices are becoming underused as people increasingly manage their benefits claims and search for jobs online.

In an interview, Hinds said, “The way the world works has changed rapidly in the last 20 years and the welfare state needs to keep pace,” he said. “As more people access their benefits through the internet many of our buildings are underused. We are concentrating our resources on what we know best helps people into work.”

The details of the DWP’s plans to close 1 in 10 Jobcentres are still to be confirmed but initial reports suggest that 78 of the smaller Jobcentre Plus offices will be closed. These JCP offices will be merged with larger, local jobcentre offices forcing people to travel further for jobcentre appointments.

Jobcentre Back Office Closures

The announcement also included the planned closure of 27 back-office buildings. Their services will be further centralised into larger progressing sites. This will including the building on five new service centre, with work scheduled to start in 2018.

Unions have already made statements opposing the planned closures. Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union said, “Jobcentres provide a lifeline for unemployed people, and forcing them to travel further is not only unfair it undermines support to get them back to work. We are opposed to these closures and will vigorously fight any attempt to force DWP workers out of their jobs.”

However, the DWP tried to reassure JCP staff that job losses would be minimised by a relocation initiative and the offer of new roles within the DWP.

Comments (1)

  1. Because of cuts money for courses and skills training has Ether been stopped
    or scaled back making it harder for those who need the help to get it
    so why not stop outsourcing and use the Job center Plus building.
    Or bring back New Deal

    work out the steps you can take towards getting a job, and set these out in your own action plan
    work out what jobs you could apply for
    fill in application forms and write a CV
    get advice on careers
    find other support if you need it
    pay for some of your costs, such as bus fares or train fares – for more information about costs please speak to your personal adviser
    If you don’t get a job in the first stage of New Deal 25 plus, you will move into the second stage. This is called the ‘intensive activity period’. It lasts a minimum of 13 weeks.

    Your personal adviser will work with you to decide what you do during this stage. You could try working in a job, or you might have some training. You could also get help to work for yourself. Your personal adviser will help you look for a job so you can start work as soon as possible.

    If you are between the age of 25 and 59 you must complete the second stage. If you are aged 60 or over you can also choose to take part.
    The final stage of New Deal 25 plus

    If you do not get a job when you have finished your intensive activity period, you will need to make a new claim for Job seeker’s Allowance. At this stage, you will join a programme called ‘followthrough’ which could last between 6 and 13 weeks. During this period your personal adviser will help you try to find a job. You may have to take short courses to give you more skills.
    When you are in your intensive activity period, you could get a New Deal Allowance. This is the same amount as your Jobseeker’s Allowance. You will also get an extra weekly top-up payment.

    The New Deal Allowance does not affect other benefits (such as Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit and help towards NHS charges) that you were getting before starting your intensive activity period.

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