Margaret Greenwood MP pledges to fight closure of Hoylake Jobcentre
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27 Jan 2017
The government has announced it is intending to close 1 in 10 Jobcentres across the UK, and one of those under threat is Hoylake Jobcentre. Local MP and Shadow Work and Pensions Minister, Margaret Greenwood, pledged to fight the closure and said:
“This closure will make it harder for people in Wirral West to access employment support.
“The extra cost of bus fares to travel to the Job Centre will add to the financial difficulties many jobseekers face.
“I am particularly concerned about what this will mean for people with disabilities.
“The government says it wants to half the disability employment gap so that disabled people will be able to secure decent jobs. Closing Job Centres is the wrong way to go about doing this.
“There are reports too that there will be 750 jobs lost nationally, and I am very concerned that some of those will affect people in Wirral.
“The decision to close Hoylake Job Centre, along with many others up and down the country, signals further withdrawal of government support for our social security system.
“At a time of job insecurity and low wages, it really is important we have a reliable and accessible social security system to provide support for people should they fall on hard times.”