DWP to shut 68 Jobcentres across Britain with 750 jobs at risk – the full list of branches affected

Thursday, July 6th, 2017 - Jobs

A total of 750 jobs are to be put on the line as part of a Jobcentre shake-up that will affect 68 branches over the next twelve months.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed plans to overhaul its high street network with 68 offices to be merged into larger ones nearby, and four to shut down permanently.

A further 40 to be moved into local government buildings under ‘efficiency’ savings.

The DWP explained the changes will save more than £140 million a year for the next 10 years and will offer better ‘value for the tax payer’ – it added that 80% of Jobseeker’s Allowance and 99% of Universal Credit applications are now made online.

The changes, which will take effect over the next year, will leave 750 workers at risk of redundancy, although the DWP says alternative job roles will be offered wherever possible. In other cases, staff will be moved to larger offices.

It also added that five new bigger branches will open – although could not say where these would be.

Employment Minister Damian Hinds 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 under-used.

“We’re merging some offices and locating other Jobcentres with local authorities to make sure that the welfare state and our employment support works for those who need it and those who pay for it.”

But the Public and Commercial Services union described the changes as “utterly disgraceful”.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “While we are pleased a handful of threatened sites will now stay open, thanks to the hard work of our members, community groups and local MPs, it is utterly disgraceful that DWP is pressing ahead with these closures.

“This Tory Government is abandoning unemployed, sick and disabled people, making it harder for them to access the services they need, and putting Jobcentre jobs at risk.

“We will continue to oppose these plans in every way we can.”

Is your local Jobcentre affected? The list in full

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This is from a full list of Jobcentres earmarked to be “divested” . Mirror Money has contacted the DWP for a full list of the branches set to shut, move and relocate over the next year.

Bolsover

Bolton Farnworth

Brighouse Owler Ings Road

Bristol Easton JCP

Carlisle Stocklund House Castle Street

Chelmsley Wood JCP

Chesham JCP

Clevedon JCP

Colne

Coventry Tile Hill

Darwen

Herne Bay

Hornchurch

Kings Lynn JCP

Liskeard JCP

Liverpool Wavertree

Liverpool Williamson Square

Brixton

Dagenham

Edgware

Finchley

Malton Norton Road Norton (Ryedale)

Manchester Longsight

Mansfield Hill House

Hammersmith

Kilburn

Broxburn

Leytonstone

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Condercum House (Newcastle West)

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Coquet House (Newcastle East).

Newton-le-Willows

Nottingham Hyson Green JCP

Edinburgh

Oxford Floyds Row JCP (Screened Services)

Inverness Church Street

Larkhall Interview Room

Neasden

Plaistow

Southall

Port Glasgow

Wick Girnigoe Street

Petersfield JCP

Sutton

Plymouth Old Tree Court

Preston Friargate

Wandsworth

Bargoed

Rotherham High Street Goldthorpe

Sheffield Eastern Avenue

Llandrindod Wells Automobile Palace Princes Avenue

Skipton Cavendish House Newmarket Street

South Shields Chapter Row

Westminster

Spalding JCP

Mountain Ash New County Road

Newtown Afon House The Park

Pyle Ffald Road Shopping Centre

Tredegar Crown Building Upper Coronation Street

Ystradgynlais Wind Road

Tamworth JCP

Telford Church Street Madeley JCP Church Street M

Tunbridge Wells

Wellington JCP

Whitley Bay 158 Whitley Road

Whitstable

Wilmslow

Winsford

Woking JCP

Wythenshawe

Andover JCP

Batley 26 Wellington Street

Bristol Central JCP

Clay Cross JCP

Coleford JCP

Haverhill JCP

Helston JCP

Hoylake

Hull Market Place

Leeds 35 Eastgate

Liverpool Aintree

Liverpool Edge Hill

Liverpool Norris Green

Alexandria JCP

Benbecula

Shipley Wainman Street

Lanark Atholl House

Clapham

Croydon

East Ham

Edmonton

Blackwood Newbridge House 75-77 High Street

Edmonton (Annex)

Eltham

Highgate

Hounslow

Lewisham (Catford)

London Bexleyheath 38-46 Avenue Road

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