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Job Centre Closures: Lobby Today.

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The PCS Union announces.

Ahead of PCS’ lobby of parliament on Tuesday (28 March) opposing DWP office closures, MPs, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and others have been highlighting the negative impact that these closures will have on staff, users and the local community. Find out how you can join the lobby.

PCS has arranged the speaker meeting and lobby as part of our campaign to oppose office closures to over 100 DWP offices, including 74 jobcentres, representing more than 10% of the total. This will lead to at least 750 job losses. DWP plans to replace staff they make redundant with new staff, at further cost to the taxpayer.

The lobby will start with a speaker meeting in parliament at 1pm followed by a lobby from 2-4 pm in committee room 10, Houses of Parliament (St Stephen’s Gate Entrance) Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA.

And: 

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka has said of the plans: “Jobcentres provide a lifeline for unemployed people and forcing them to travel further is not only unfair, it undermines support to get them back to work.”

Staff will face job losses, and in some cases, unreasonable travel journeys to and from work. Those with caring responsibilities, childcare commitments and access requirements will be particularly disadvantaged. Staff losses are coming at a time when Universal Credit is being rolled out, hampered by delays, IT failures and backlogs. DWP could redeploy staff to Universal Credit where resources are needed.

In Glasgow 50% of DWP offices are targeted for closure in an area where unemployment is higher than the national average.

Staff in Bishop Auckland, one of the offices targeted for closure, also contribute more than £100,000 a year to local businesses.

In Llanelli, £500,000 could be lost annually to local traders if the closure of the benefits office goes ahead.

We share many of the concerns raised by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who is “extremely concerned” by the plans and manner of consultation. The mayor has raised concerns with the minister for employment, Damian Hinds, including the impact of the closures, the lack of adequate time for consultation, the increased travel time and costs for users, the impact on disabled people, BAME communities and young people from low income families. The mayor states that “plans to close job centres…will hit the disadvantaged hardest”.

“Now, more than ever, the government should be focusing its efforts on creating new jobs and helping those most in need of support to access employment,” he said.

The government has not consulted claimants who use these job centres on the closure plans. Many are in areas of high unemployment and social deprivation. Disability claimants, staff/users with caring responsibilities and vulnerable users must be given due regard in terms of the equality impact assessment and the disadvantage that they will face if offices close or are relocated. Having to travel further as a result of these proposals also means some users are unfairly out of pocket and run the risk of being sanctioned for lateness. Equality impact assessments have not been carried out to assess the disadvantaged groups that will be hit by this campaign.

What you can do

Concerns have been raised by MPs in parliament and your local MP can also play a powerful role in this campaign; they need to hear from you to raise awareness and about the impact that this will have in the local community.  If you have never been to a lobby of parliament before, PCS will be on hand to support you on the day.

Make your voice heard – contact your MP now and arrange a meeting for 28 March.

Background Mirror:, 26th of January.

Reckless” plans to slash millions from the welfare department’s bill by shutting Jobcentres across the country have been revealed.

The Department for Work and Pensions today announced it wants to merge staff and facilities from 78 smaller Jobcentre Plus offices into larger ones.

It wants to move another 50 into council or other similar offices to create “one-stop shops”, and shut 27 back offices.

The DWP insisted the move – carried out to slash its bills by £180m a year – would employ “under-used” buildings more efficiently.

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Written by Andrew Coates

March 28, 2017 at 11:52 am

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  1. “Staff will face job losses, and in some cases, unreasonable travel journeys to and from work. Those with caring responsibilities, childcare commitments and access requirements will be particularly disadvantaged”

    Message to JCP staff: WELCOME TO OUR WORLD. THE REAL WORLD!

    jj joop

    March 28, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    • it undermines support to get them back to work.”

      What support!

      ken

      March 28, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      • In my experience the main purpose of Jobcentres these days is to police benefits and sanction people who break the rules. I’ve yet to receive a referral from a Jobcentre to a decent job which I’ve ended up doing. Mostly it seems to be all about making sure that the unemployed “actively seek work” and punishing those who appear not to be “active” enough.

        Paul

        March 29, 2017 at 7:34 am

    • True, given the price of public transport these days, this affects us more than them.

      Andrew Coates

      March 28, 2017 at 4:36 pm

      • It will also boost the profits of the bus companies, as if they don’t make enough already!

        marie

        March 28, 2017 at 5:19 pm

      • Its no wonder their not screaming “we’re doing the right thing”

        People should be able to claim their fares back as long as its not their signing day.Weekly signing is just about causing inconvienince and sanction opportunity and fares must be claimed.

        We’re seeing more and more American culture in this country.

        ken

        March 28, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    • Oddly, since many of these people are part-time and poorly paid, they may already be on Universal Credit or one day be on it!

      Coldwater

      March 29, 2017 at 8:53 am

      • I tried to do something at ipswich jobcentre 5 weeks ago. I was told and I quote ”We are only hear to collect evidence”. I was then given a list of phone numbers. Btw they will no longer accept letters or forwarding etc. I was give 25 envelopes instead.

        Philip

        March 29, 2017 at 3:01 pm

  2. DWP minister: Government ‘carefully considering’ wider blockchain benefits trial

    House of Lords told small-scale trial using blockchain technology to help benefits claimants manage spending had yielded ‘encouraging results’

    benefits through an app.My phone has a monochrome so thats ruled out.

    https://www.publictechnology.net/articles/news/dwp-minister-government-%E2%80%98carefully-considering%E2%80%99-wider-blockchain-benefits-trial

    ken

    March 28, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    • Just get a cheap basic phone, without internet connectivity, and give the Jobcentre that number. Then you can’t be coerced into maximal intrusion by the DWP. Honestly, my mobile phone these days seems more like an ankle tag used by the police to keep tags on criminals! The Jobcentre regularly call me for no good reason, presumably to check to see if my phone is on or not.

      Coldwater

      March 30, 2017 at 8:12 am

  3. Mark Swastika doesn’t give a flying sausage about the unemployed. All he cares about is a few cockroaches being thrown out on their arses, and the union ‘subs’ he won’t be pocketing any longer.

    The Flying Sausages

    March 28, 2017 at 7:57 pm

  4. Mark Swastika doesn’t give a flying sausage about the unemployed. All he cares about is a few cockroaches being thrown out on their fat arses, and the union ‘subs’ he won’t be pocketing any longer.

    The Flying Sausages

    March 28, 2017 at 7:59 pm

  5. Fears of more homeless on Gloucester streets after Universal Credit change

    The Universal Credit scheme being rolled out nationally means those receiving housing benefit now get sent the funds into their bank account, rather than straight to their landlord.

    It is hoped to encourage more responsibility and independence but critics say it is putting those unable to look after themselves financially at risk of being made homeless as they are not paying their rent.

    http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/changes-to-benefit-payments-are-forcing-addicts-back-onto-the-streets/story-30233540-detail/story.html

    ken

    March 29, 2017 at 3:40 am

  6. Trump rips up Obama directive (not yet enacted) that would have required internet service providers (ISPs) to obtain permission before sharing customers information, including financial and web browsing history, with marketers and third parties.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-39427026

    Newshounds

    March 29, 2017 at 6:27 am

    • Companies like 192.com will be hoovering this up like they do with everything else they can get their hands on. EVERYONE’S “precise geo-location, financial information, health information, children’s information, social security numbers, web browsing history, app usage history and the content of communications” will be available to ANYONE… for a $FEE$ of course.

      Ann Droid

      March 29, 2017 at 6:38 am

      • *EVERYONE with the exception of the politicians who voted this through.

        Ann Droid

        March 29, 2017 at 6:44 am

  7. Coldwater

    March 29, 2017 at 8:50 am

  8. OT: Effects of BritExit

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-39418207

    Farmers in Northern Ireland had hoped to maintain their farm subsidies post-Brexit. The EU contributes about £250m a year to farmers.
    But all the indications from government are that the annual cheque is a thing of the past.
    Instead it looks increasingly like support will be much more targeted through things like agri-environment schemes – in which farmers are rewarded for environmental services such as flood prevention work and biodiversity schemes.
    And there’s a suggestion that there’ll be a greater reliance on things like insurance and futures markets to help manage volatility in prices paid for what they produce.
    ———————–
    ME: And this is just one area of business…

    Gazza

    March 29, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    • This also means Herr Idiot Smith will take a hit and all the other ConMen ‘Farmers/Royal Family’, so not all bad… Until the corruption kicks in that is [special payments if over a certain size etc etc]

      Gazza

      March 29, 2017 at 12:40 pm

  9. Perhaps their wondering if people will die of old age in these Jobcentres? Asking people why haven’t they commited suicide.Where are we living?.

    ken

    March 29, 2017 at 2:30 pm

  10. Campaign against sanctions:

    Andrew Coates

    March 29, 2017 at 3:33 pm

  11. And,

    Andrew Coates

    March 29, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    • When are we going to see old Tory David Dimbleby coming out against benefits sanctions? Thought not! Jon Snow should be given an OBE for his display of solidarity. Too late – he has already turned one down!
      Is that cute chick on his arm his wife? Looks a bit old for him, but then again his wife is 27 years his junior! 🙂

      Snowmobile

      March 29, 2017 at 10:02 pm

      • Of course she is his wife 😉 Good ‘ol Jon, she will keep his pecker up 😀

        Snow Patrol

        March 29, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    • Good luck to Jon! Jezza’s wife is 30 years his junior, and Andrew Coates, well you don’t want to know the age gap between Comrade Coates and his young immigrant wife. You are as old as the woman you feel as my gran (RIP) said.

      Old Betty

      March 30, 2017 at 7:11 am

      • You are as YOUNG as the woman you feel as my gran (RIP) said lol

        Old Betty

        March 30, 2017 at 7:12 am

      • It is not like you can imagine Jon Snow (or Andrew Coates) getting into bed with Theresa May.

        Old Edith

        March 30, 2017 at 7:54 am

    • It’s amazing that ITN manage to make C4 news (triumph of investigative journalism and in-depth analysis) and the dire dumbed-down Daily-Mail-TV that is ITV news.

      Tom Bradby

      March 30, 2017 at 7:46 am

      • C4 News is pretty good and has uncovered a lot of stories, e.g., Tory illegal overspend on campaigning during the last general election and UKIP plonker Paul Nuttall’s lies about his housing etc.

        Coldwater

        March 30, 2017 at 8:20 am

  12. Hi.

    I’m sure you all know that the Unemployment Movement is now down for good, and for some reason most have gone to Welfare Central Forum!

    I’M NOT SURE HOW THIS CAME ABOUT OR HOW YOU WERE MISSED OUT and (YES I’m shouting)

    Problems are happening straight away can you help? That site is shit and even trying to copy the old UM site.

    There is something seriously wrong with this site.

    Try and post a new topic?

    Just try!!!

    What is going on??? The new moderators are just bairns with a few posts and Gadily with his wealth of “the new jobseeker help section”

    Has been banned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I HOPE SOMEONE One here can make some sense of this before it becomes nasty.

    We do not need to fight between ourselves. (for what reason???)

    Chris Barker

    March 30, 2017 at 1:33 am

    • Gadily been banned? Seriously? Paul-UB40 was licking his lips when TT threw in the towel. Look at how they all jumped ship. Now they are all big cheese ‘mods’ and all that jazz. Step out on like and you are ‘banned’. Flying Visitor/Mary has also jumped ship for obvious reasons. It is turning to shit right before our eyes. And they are waiting to Terratech to sign up… don’t hold your breath…

      Terratech

      March 30, 2017 at 7:19 am

    • Gadily been banned? Seriously? Paul-UB40 was licking his lips when TT threw in the towel. Look at how fast they all jumped ship. Now they are all big cheese ‘mods’ and all that jazz. Step out of line and you are ‘banned’. Flying Visitor/Mary has also jumped ship for obvious reasons. Like a ‘community co-operative’ it is turning to shit right before our eyes. And they are waiting to Terratech to sign up… don’t hold your breath…

      Terratech

      March 30, 2017 at 7:21 am

    • Some, well most of the posters on there were, still are no doubt, pretty self-absorbed fuckers. Some of them, most of the current poster on welfare central said some pretty nasty things about the unemployed and when challenged (by TT) reluctantly changed their posting tune. But like leopards don’t change their spots their real attitudes didn’t really change as is now apparent, and if gadily (and his jobseeker help) has been banned it says it all really.

      Terratech

      March 30, 2017 at 7:29 am

    • And ‘Paul-UB40’ is a knobhead!

      Terratech

      March 30, 2017 at 7:32 am

    • Moderating an on-line forum counts as an “active social life” 😀 Plus, it will “look good on your CV” 😀

      Moddy Rator

      March 31, 2017 at 1:35 pm

  13. Here’s a really informative site on a par with Johnny Void, who appears to have retired, sadly:

    https://speye.wordpress.com

    Coldwater

    March 30, 2017 at 8:07 am

    • I heard Johnny Void had snagged himself a job at Sports Direct on a zero hour contract.

      Snitch

      March 30, 2017 at 8:16 am

  14. tried to join, after a couple of mins got this

    https://ibb.co/khJh1F

    though was removed from site in the morning but not ip banned, but that wouldnt matter anyway

    looking for a new website or to create one to upload all the jobseeker help posts for everyone to use
    also tt would like to ask your consent to post them as originally posted on your unemploymentmovement site

    as also told mary is also banned

    gadily

    March 30, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    • gadily

      Sorry to hear that about you and especially Mary. The Jobseeker help sections and Mary’s excellent posts were the most valuable contributions to the site. Yes, of course you have my permission, anything else would be a crime.

      Terratech

      March 30, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      • All looking good. Gadily.

        ________________________________

        chris barker

        March 30, 2017 at 2:48 pm

  15. A friend of mine told me his friend was barred from Clapgate Lane Library for using this site. Apperantley it is classed as unsuitable

    Library User

    March 31, 2017 at 9:25 am

    • RESULT!

      Coldwater

      March 31, 2017 at 9:33 am

    • CLAPGATE LANE LIBRARY DO NOT BAN USERS FROM VISITING UNEMPLOYMENT WEBSITES

      Library User – Considering you can visit websites such as Youtube, Facebook, Twitter etc on Clapgate Lane libraries computers, it would be illogical to then attempt to or proceed to ban a user purely on the basis of visiting a website not on the barred list (a program that prevents going onto certain websites) that does not contain data viewed as extreme,dissenting or abusive in content any more or less than the highly branded websites i have already mentioned that are allowed.

      The libraries official stance is they do not forbid users of their computers from visiting such unemployment websites (you stated this Ipswich unemployed).

      doug

      March 31, 2017 at 10:48 am

      • That would be “highly illogical”, doug 😀

        Spock

        March 31, 2017 at 11:02 am

      • You been watching the re-runs of Star Trek on the Horror Channel, doug? 😉 That would be “highly logical” 😀

        Emily Booth

        March 31, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    • The truth is always unsuitable. Not to mention, unpalatable as well.

      jj joop

      April 1, 2017 at 10:15 am

  16. -

    March 31, 2017 at 1:45 pm


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