SNP slam Jobcentre closures affecting 68,000 people in Scotland

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Scottish National Party Westminster Leader Angus Robertson MP has condemned the UK government during Prime Minister’s Questions over plans to close job centres in some of Scotland’s most deprived areas.

The DWP proposals – part of the “People and Locations” programme announced in the autumn statement last year – would mean eight of the 16 Job Centre offices across Glasgow would close, impacting some 68,000 people in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment Support Allowance and Universal Credit.

Speaking in Prime Minister’s Questions, Angus Robertson MP said the Department of Work and Pensions is facing a 20% cut in its estate, but the government is now planning to close 8 out of 16 job centres in Glasgow; a 50% cut.

SNP MP Patrick Grady, whose constituency includes Maryhill also asked how closing Maryhill Job Centre, in one of the most deprived parts of Glasgow, will help any of his constituents who want to find a job, and why this government continues to target the poorest & most vulnerable in our society.

Commenting, Angus Robertson MP said: “The Department for Work and Pensions’ plan to close half the job centres in some of the most deprived parts of Glasgow is morally outrageous.

“The response today from David Lidington was not good enough, and the jeering from the Tory benches was disrespectful to say the least.

“Approximately 68,000 people in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment Support Allowance and Universal Credit in Glasgow will be impacted by these closures.

“Given the brutal sanctions regime this will also mean that the numbers facing benefits sanctions will undoubtedly increase.

“This decision will result in the poorest communities not being serviced by a job centre and make it even harder for those seeking employment to get support.”


This is an official press release from the Scottish National Party (SNP).


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