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More Scottish Jobcentre closures announced by UK Government

A total of 20 Jobcentres and eight administration sites now expected to be shut.

Closing: The UK Government say the closures will save taxpayers money over the next decade.
Closing: The UK Government say the closures will save taxpayers money over the next decade. © Deadline

A further seven Jobcentres in Scotland as well as eight Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) administration sites are to close, the UK Government has announced.

The cuts come in addition to the 13 Jobcentres closures, eight of them in Glasgow alone, announced last month by the DWP.

Two other Jobcentres, Lanark and Wick, will move into existing Jobcentres under the plans.

The UK Government say the closures across the UK will save taxpayers £180m each year over the next decade.

Planned closures

  • Inverness - DWP assessment centre
  • Aberdeen, Greyfriars House - DWP administration centre
  • Alexandria - Jobcentre
  • Broxburn - Jobcentre
  • Coatbridge - DWP administration centre
  • Edinburgh, St Andrew Street - Jobcentre
  • Glasgow Portcullis House - DWP administration centre
  • Inverness, Church Street - Jobcentre and DWP administration centre
  • Larkhall - Jobcentre
  • Paisley, Lonend - DWP administration centre.
  • Port Glasgow - Jobcentre
  • Benbecula, Jobcentre
  • Cumnock - DWP administration centre
  • Glasgow, Corunna House - DWP administration centre
  • Wick, Girnigoe - Jobcentre to move to Caithness House.
  • Lanark - Jobcentre to move to South Lanarkshire Council office, South Vennel
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The DWP say users of Port Glasgow Jobcentre will instead head to Greenock, while Alexandria users will now travel to Dumbarton Jobcentre.

Those who visit Edinburgh's St Andrew Street centre will move either to High Riggs or Wester Hailes.

The DWP say two planned moves are further than three miles away and will go through a consultation process. After closing Broxburn users will be expected to go to Livingston Jobcentre and while those in Grangemouth will visit Falkirk Jobcentre under the proposals.

Damian Hinds, UK employment minister, said: "We will always make sure that people have the support they need to get into and progress within work, that's why we are recruiting 2500 more work coaches to help those who need it most.

"The way the world works has changed rapidly in the last 20 years and the welfare state needs to keep pace.

"As more people access their benefits through the internet many of our buildings are under-used. We are concentrating our resources on what we know best helps people into work.

"The changes we've announced today will help ensure that the way we deliver our services reflect the reality of today's welfare system."

Coatbridge MSP Fulton MacGregor said staff at the Coatbridge DWP centre were not consulted before the decision.

MacGregor said: "I was shocked to hear that this centre is to close and that the decision has been taken without any consultation with staff.

"The DWP staff there fought hard to retain jobs in Coatbridge when the decision was taken many years ago to close the job centre plus services, and now they face being uprooted anyway.

"Following the decision to close half the job centres in Glasgow, this is just another in a long line of decisions taken by the Tories in London with no regard for the people involved, surrounding businesses and the local communities.

"I will be raising this issue with the district manager when I meet her on Monday and will be writing to the secretary of state for work and pensions to urge him to halt these summary closures of services throughout Scotland."

The DWP also announced the purchase of a new office in Glasgow, with further details to be released on its use in the future.

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