Tories to open 80 ‘temporary’ Jobcentres…. after closing more than 100

The sites will help boost the support available to those whose jobs have been lost during the Covid pandemic.

The UK Government has announced that it plans to open 80 “temporary” Jobcentre’s to boost the support available to jobseeker’s during the ongoing Covid pandemic.

The sites, some of which are already up and running, will be in addition to the existing 639 Jobcentre’s who are already helping people whose jobs have been lost during the current crisis.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show there were 1.7 million people who were unemployed in the UK between November 2020 to January 2021.

The latest analysis from the Office for Budget Responsibility suggests there will be around 2.2 million unemployed people by the end of the year – equal to 6.5% of the adult workforce.

The Government says the 80 new temporary jobcentres are the first phase of a programme to expand this support in response to the pandemic, with dozens more expected to follow in the coming months.

DWP headquarter’s, Caxton House, London.

Minister for Employment, Mims Davies said: “With more new, temporary jobcentres in place in the heart of our communities, we can support even more people impacted by the pandemic to find work and progress into new roles.

“We’ve already boosted our DWP Work Coaches by 10,000 – and with these new local jobcentres to operate from, we can drive forward our Plan for Jobs, creating fresh opportunity for people all across the country.”

However, this announcement comes after the UK Government forced more than 100 Jobcentre’s to close or merge with larger sites during the height of austerity in 2017-18.

The Government argued that these sites were “underutilised and could be vacated”, and would also save around £180 million per year over ten years.

The majority of the 101 closures were merged with larger Jobcentres, but 35 were either closed permanently or relocated to a different local authority.

“The changes DWP is making to its estate across the country will offer a more efficient service, and deliver good value for the taxpayer.”

The then Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds MP, said: “We will always make sure that people have the support they need to get into and progress within work.

“These changes reflect the fact that more people access their benefits online resulting in many of our buildings being underused.

“The changes DWP is making to its estate across the country will offer a more efficient service, and deliver good value for the taxpayer.”

A full list of the new temporary sites can be found on the gov.uk website.

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  1. Nothing this government has ever done to help those unemployed many still can’t claim this benefit worked all their lives only to find you can’t claim unemployment now go away how they received the peasants telling all you are the fault how quaint has society’s become

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