It’s deeply disappointing to receive the news that Port Glasgow jobcentre is to close and that services will transfer to Greenock. This will put an added burden of travel on people in Kilmacolm and Port Glasgow who will be expected to travel greater distances to receive welfare support.
The SNP has been actively opposing this issue – and last week we led debates in both the House of Commons and the Scottish Parliament – but our attempts to get the Scottish Secretary to join us in calling on the DWP to halt these plans have fallen on deaf ears.
As I previously stated, the cuts by the Department of Work and Pensions to slash Jobcentres are morally outrageous and fly in the face of the Tory promise to “work for the many and not the privileged few.
I note the proposal is to relocate all 28 staff from Port Glasgow jobcentre and I hope the Department of Work and Pensions will follow through on this and ensure there are no compulsory redundancies.
Therefore, I will be meeting with the Minister for Employment, early next week, to find out more details about the UK Government’s plans and to press him on how these cuts will have a detrimental effect on individuals and their welfare needs.