Today’s announcement by the Department of Work and Pensions to close Port Glasgow jobcentre is deeply disappointing and my initial thoughts are with the staff members who will lose their jobs. Alongside this, I am concerned that my constituents who receive welfare support will be adversely affected by these cuts to services.
One of the first actions I took on my re-election was to write to the Minister for Employment to urge that he visits Inverclyde, to meet with me and other elected representatives, to discuss the jobcentre closures and also how PIP assessments are taking place in Glasgow, rather than Inverclyde. I hope he will take up my request and visit the area in the near future.
This is purely a cost saving exercise for the UK Government and has little thought on the impact it will have on some of the most vulnerable people in Inverclyde.
The SNP will be looking to ask questions of the Minister, in the chamber, on the closures and what this means for Scotland.
Department of Work & Pensions press release – https://www.gov.uk/government/news/delivering-a-more-efficient-and-modern-employment-service