Plans have been published to reform Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) job centre Plus offices and benefit centres.
8 out of 10 claims for Jobseeker’s Allowance and 99.6% of applicants for Universal Credit submit their claims online according to DWP.
Today’s announcements include proposals for:
- merging 78 smaller Job centre Plus offices in urban areas with larger ones nearby
- co-locating around 50 Job centre Plus offices with local authorities or other community services to provide joined-up services for the local community with all services in one place
- closing 27 back office buildings around the country and developing larger, more efficient processing sites including opening 5 new large service centres across the country in a phased approach starting in 2018
- retaining over 700 existing offices
- re-organising our corporate centre to make maximum use of 6 regional corporate hubs, including establishing a new office in central Manchester
The planned changes will be made in consultation with staff taking into account the impact on benefit claimants and DWP staff.
The vast majority of staff will have the option to relocate or offered alternative roles or could well end up unemployed themselves.
Luckily for Trafford residents Altrincham and Stretford job centres are to be retained, you can view the full list of Job Centre Plus closures, mergers or closures in PDF form HERE