In December, the UK Government’s Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) announced plans to close half of the job centres in Glasgow. The DWP also opened a consultation on three of these job centres – Bridgeton, Castlemilk and Maryhill – for which planned closure would result in travel time of more than three miles.
SURF has formally responded to this consultation, requesting that the DWP “reconsiders and reverses” the plans. Noting that seven of Scotland’s 100 most deprived areas would be directly affected by closure of the three job centres – and that unemployment is widely expected to rise – SURF argued that the DWP should investigate the community, business, poverty and service user impacts before any final decision is made.
Please click on the link below to download SURF’s response. The consultation runs to 31 January and information on how to respond is available in the DWP consultation paper.
Click here for information on other SURF policy consultation responses.