JOB CENTRE PLUS PLANS ARE ‘COMPLETELY INCOHERENT’

TORY PROPOSALS NEED TO GO ‘BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD’

SNP MP and member of the Scottish Affairs Committee Margaret Ferrier has said the closure of Job Centre Plus offices around Scotland is ‘completely incoherent’ – and ‘need to go back to the drawing board’ urgently.

The comments come as the cross party Westminster Committee publishes its report into the Tory plans to axe a long list of office locations – including a total of eight in the Glasgow area – causing needless uncertainty for staff and for service users.

SNP MPs have raised the issues at Westminster on many occasions and it has become abundantly clear that the Tories have completely failed to make any kind of plans and demonstrate a complete lack of any kind of strategic thinking.

Margaret Ferrier MP commented:

“These Tory plans are rightly condemned by the committee for what they are – completely incoherent and inadequate. The government needs to go back to the drawing board urgently.

“The Tories present this as some kind of well thought out, planned programme long-term planning but we have found that it is anything but – and is more of an opportunistic cost cutting exercise.

“Our report also find that the treatment of staff and service users fell short of what should be expected. This scattergun and ill thought through plan will disrupt so many people who depend on the centres for help and advice on getting into work.

“Jobcentre Plus offices are there to serve their communities, when people are often at their most vulnerable, these proposals will fail to do this adequately. The UK Government must look at this policy again and come back with a coherent solution that works for the people who use the service, as well as being value for money.”

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Link to the Scottish Affairs Committee report

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