I have written to the Minister for Employment, Damian Hinds MP, to invite him to visit Inverclyde to discuss the proposed closure of Port Glasgow jobcentre.
The decision to close one of the two jobcentres, in Inverclyde, will have a detrimental impact on a number of my constituents.
As previously stated, the closure decision has absolutely nothing to do with providing a Government service. Rather, it is part of the UK Government’s goal of selling £4.5 billion-worth of Government land and property by 2020-21.
I have since written to the Minister for Employment to ask if he would visit Inverclyde and meet with myself and jobcentre management to discuss services in Inverclyde and the proposed closure.
Link to House of Commons debate on jobcentre – https://hansard.digiminster.com/Commons/2017-03-16/debates/2C54F317-D0C5-49B6-AD52-8A3F744EA126/BackbenchBusiness
The Department for Work and Pensions has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (69136):
Question: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether Ministers of his Department have plans to visit constituencies affected by the proposed closure of jobcentres. (69136)
Tabled on: 27 March 2017
Answer: Damian Hinds:
The Secretary of State and his Ministers regularly visit DWP sites across the country, including Jobcentres.
The answer was submitted on 30 Mar 2017 at 14:20.