A jobcentre in Sheffield will close, it has been validated, triggering an MP to blast exactly what she called a ‘fake assessment’. The jobcentre on Eastern Avenue, in Manor Top, was allocated in January for closure in addition to lots of others throughout the nation, in a move the Government states will save taxpayers more than ₤ 1.4 bn over the next years. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) today validated the centre would shut next March, in spite of a petition requiring it to be conserved and a strike by staff opposing its loss. The Eastern Avenue jobcentre will be combined with existing jobcentres in the city at Cavendish Court and Bailey Court, each which is at least 3 miles away. Advocates stated the Eastern Avenue centre was used by more than 1,100 people a week, much of whom would have a hard time to access the options and might lose out on advantages and assistance to obtain back into work.
Sheffield Heeley MP Louise Haigh, who backed the battle to wait, today stated: “This phony assessment responded to none of the essential issues we put to the department. “They have no idea how much it will save, no idea how much will have to be invested to increase capability in the city centre and have shockingly chosen not to even release the effect evaluation before the choice was made. “By pushing ahead with closures in the teeth of opposition from local neighborhoods and staff, it is clearer than ever that the Government isn’t really thinking about neighborhoods like ours.
” Residents, staff and the local neighborhood will appropriately conclude that the Government never ever had any interest in keeping open this crucial local service.” The DWP stated more claims were now made online, suggesting less jobcentres were required, and declared more ‘work coaches’ were being hired nationally to assist people back into work. Damian Hinds, minster for work, stated: “We will constantly ensure that people have the assistance they have to enter and development within work. These modifications show that more people access their advantages online leading to much of our structures being underused. “We’re combining some workplaces and finding other jobcentres with local authorities to make sure that the well-being state and our work assistance works for those who need it and those who spend for it.”
The DWP has stated staff at the Eastern Avenue jobcentre, where around 75 people work, will be provided a transfer to another jobcentre.