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Update on the future of DWP jobcentres 29 Dec 2017 09:39 #5464

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Update on the future of DWP jobcentres
DWP confirms that some smaller jobcentres will merge with larger ones, and others will be co-located within local government premises.


Last updated 21 December 2017
Department for Work and Pensions and Damian Hinds MP
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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published more details on the future of DWP jobcentres.

Damian Hinds, Minister for Employment, said:

We will always make sure that people have the support they need to get into and progress within work. These changes reflect the fact that more people access their benefits online resulting in many of our buildings being underused.

The changes DWP is making to its estate across the country will offer a more efficient service, and deliver good value for the taxpayer.

Claimants will be informed in advance of the closures and jobcentre work coaches will provide help and assistance to them during the mergers. The list below provides details of the jobcentres that have merged, or the proposed dates, when these changes will take place.

Most recent list of Closed, & Soon to close Centres Here;
www.gov.uk/government/news/update-on-the-future-of-dwp-jobcentres
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Update on the future of DWP jobcentres 29 Dec 2017 13:51 #5466

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Where did I read something similar recently?....

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I know, Royal Bank of Scotland closing it`s branches because `More people are banking online`...... :angry: No, more people are CHOOSING to bank online. That doesn`t mean we ALL want to do so. DWP are slowly moving in the same direction with Universal Credit and claimants having an online journal and a Freephone UC number to call. So no need for smaller job centres to operate.

I don`t see my job centre on that list Paul but I`m sure it will be in their line of fire at some point and be moved into a local council building. The job centre in the other city near me was closed a few years ago and re-located further up the road, which means claimants now have to walk further or get another bus as a drop off across the road from this newer job centre.

I`m hating this new world thinking where big corporations are reeling in what they spend yet are making money off the backs of people who need to realise what the hell is happening.
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Update on the future of DWP jobcentres 29 Dec 2017 17:55 #5467

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If they really want to deliver more value for the taxpayer, why don't they abolish monachy and peerages?
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Update on the future of DWP jobcentres 30 Dec 2017 09:16 #5468

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That`s too sensible an option for them miguel. We don`t want her madge queuing at the local food bank now, do we. Those who have got and can well afford to support themselves should do so, while those who can`t should have enough to live on without being hounded to death because they don`t have a job. There are so many other good things people can achieve and not be working.
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Update on the future of DWP jobcentres 31 Dec 2017 13:08 #5474

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& shut down ALL joke centres across the UK :)

Gov would save a fortune as they keep banging on about how everything is now digital,so lets get cracking you deadhead TORYS and let people do their job search online, send it to a big main hub and a robot can decide the sanctions.Wage bill at dwp would be cut significantly then they all can have a taster of what it's really like to live on £2 a day. :cheer:

Then we can all have endless arguments over the phone with a robot of how we think they've sanctioned us incorrectly,moreless like this now though :)
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Update on the future of DWP jobcentres 31 Dec 2017 13:13 #5475

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jobber wrote:
& shut down ALL joke centres across the UK :)

Gov would save a fortune as they keep banging on about how everything is now digital,so lets get cracking you deadhead TORYS and let people do their job search online, send it to a big main hub and a robot can decide the sanctions.Wage bill at dwp would be cut significantly then they all can have a taster of what it's really like to live on £2 a day. :cheer:

Then we can all have endless arguments over the phone with a robot of how we think they've sanctioned us incorrectly,moreless like this now though :)

And If we get Board could always chuck a Worm or some other Virus into the system; So suddenly Everyone on Benefits gets Triple B)
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Update on the future of DWP jobcentres 31 Dec 2017 13:48 #5482

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Love that Paul :cheer:
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Update on the future of DWP jobcentres 31 Dec 2017 17:10 #5490

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That`s not a bad idea actually jobber. In fact, I would prefer to do online/telephone chats or have my `journal` checked by automation than have to sit across from a work coach who makes me uneasy. Maybe that`s their long term plan? Job centre closures are already on the agenda and I doubt they will stop there if their thinking is to start with Universal Credit and then once everyone has a grasp of it, close all job centres and have people claim online/by phone or by paper form?

Job centres are there to sign people on and to do checks on job search and mandate courses etc.....but I wonder how that would all work by automation? Not signing one of those pads with a signature for example? Not checking who is actually signing on if they can`t see them face to face? I`m sure some think tank will come up with a plan.
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Update on the future of DWP jobcentres 01 Jan 2018 18:03 #5496

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All makes sense Comply dosent it, however, they won't do it as gov knows they can't apply the same kind of mental pressure or cause any further financial hardship as they do to others weekly for busing back and forth to that waste of a place.Job seeker mysteriously has to incur the expense first for anything ,then wait and if lucky get reimbursed.I read somewhere they are planning on messing with prescription charges,watch this space. :evil:
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Update on the future of DWP jobcentres 02 Jan 2018 09:18 #5503

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Prescriptions are free in Scotland and they should also be free in England since we are all part of the UK. Not so, it seems. It`s scandalous that people who have medications to keep them alive have to pay for them on a monthly basis. They should be exempt from charges altogether and not have to fill out forms that offer a discount.
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