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New streamlined Jobcentre Plus network with more support for jobseekers 04 May 2017 12:45 #2294

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Link at the Bottom Lists Plans for ALL Job Centres across the UK

From:Department for Work and Pensions and The Rt Hon Damian Green Published:26 January 2017
Plans to reform DWP Jobcentre Plus offices and benefit centres.

Plans have been published to reform Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Jobcentre Plus offices and benefit centres, in light of 20% of office space being under-used.

The way DWP services are delivered has changed significantly in recent years; for example 8 out of 10 claims for Jobseeker’s Allowance and 99.6% of applicants for Universal Credit submit their claims online.

Since 2010, 2.7 million more people are in work, youth unemployment has fallen by 366,000 and the employment rate is at a record high.

Jobcentres and benefit centres are covered by old building contracts which are now coming up for renewal. In the 20 years since these contracts were signed the welfare system has undergone large scale reform.

The DWP estate covers around 1.5 million square metres across the country and 300,000 square metres of this is under-utilised and could be vacated.

Some smaller jobcentres will be merged with larger ones, and others will be co-located with local government premises. DWP will be better able to offer a more efficient service while delivering good value for the taxpayer, saving around £180 million a year for the next 10 years.

The support provided to jobseekers will be further strengthened this year as staff numbers are boosted by a recruitment drive to hire 2,500 new work coaches.

Damian Hinds, Minster for Employment said:

We will always make sure that people have the support they need to get into and progress within work, that’s why we are recruiting 2,500 more work coaches to help those who need it most.

The way the world works has changed rapidly in the last 20 years and the welfare state needs to keep pace. As more people access their benefits through the internet many of our buildings are under-used. We are concentrating our resources on what we know best helps people into work.

The changes we’ve announced today will help ensure that the way we deliver our services reflect the reality of today’s welfare system.

Read More Here; Inc full list of all Job Centre & future plans for them;
www.gov.uk/government/news/new-streamlined-jobcentre-plus-network-with-more-support-for-jobseekers
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New streamlined Jobcentre Plus network with more support for jobseekers 05 May 2017 01:59 #2303

Gotta keep protecting those precious tax payers, 20% underused space we could shackle another her coupla hundred slivers to jokecenter pcs to job search while we whip them in that space. While we're at it let's close a load of local jokecenters but maintain the existing conditionality framework with zero interest in it's feasibility after all, if the skivers fail to meet the conditions it's not us who starve right? So why do we care? Oh yeah we don't because we pay tax so that makes us superior, finally returning to tax we think that it's bad value for money to pay for hoops for you to jump through so you'll have to imagine the hoop and take our word for it if we say you missed it.

I will be putting my cross in labour's box with great zeal come June :)
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New streamlined Jobcentre Plus network with more support for jobseekers 12 May 2017 16:59 #2485

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I'm also voting labor, especially after the NHS computer hack of a cock up today.

If the TORYS aren't capable of having the right IT structure in place for something as critical as the NHS there is no confidence.

They've had years to deal with this and failed to do anything constructive,thats my favorite word;where as theirs is reasonable.



"The changes we’ve announced today will help ensure that the way we deliver our services reflect the reality of today’s welfare system."

Hes got to be bloody joking.

It will be yet another decade wasted for some, as they are sent on endless courses similar to the new deal/work programme bullshit back to work schemes etc etc etc.They just cant except that economics dictate that there aint enough jobs in line with the cost of living and i speak of someone who has zero debt,well ;nearly.
All about appeasing the "hard working, working hard, working working hard tax payer."Only the ignorant or very gullible will buy this.
What i find difficult to stomach is the people coming up with all these ideas to help the unemployed are laughing at us all the way to the bank.
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