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DWP Consults on Glasgow Jobcentre Closures

The DWP has launched a consultation on the closure of the Bridgeton, Castlemilk and Maryhill Jobcentres, with the work transferred to the Shettleston, Newlands and Springburn Jobcentres. The lease for much of the DWP estate expires in 2018 and the deadline for consultation responses is January 31st.

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The DWP has launched a consultation on the closure of the Bridgeton, Castlemilk and Maryhill Jobcentres. The services currently offered at Bridgeton would go to Shettleston, those provided by Castlemilk and those provided by Maryhill will go to Springburn. The leases for these offices are part of a national contract that is due to expire in 2018 and the consultation is being undertaken as it gives and opportunity, the DWP claims, “to transform the way it does business by using the estate in the most efficient and cost effective way.”

Concern has been expressed over news that the DWP is intending to close half the Jobcentres in Glasgow and at the meeting of the Social Security Committee last week where Denise Horsfall, DWP Scotland’s Work Services Director was giving evidence, there was scepticism expressed over the timing of the consultation, which was to be January 18th.  

The DWP has since set the deadline for submission to January 31st.

Details on the consultation can be found on the DWP website.

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