"`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..."
"There will only be public consultations in cases where Jobcentres are being moved more than three miles or 20 minutes' journey away."
"Shadow work and pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams branded the closures `reckless at best and perverse at worst`."
"She added: `Only this government’s distorted austerity agenda could lead to such contradictory policies. Either the right hand doesn’t know what the left is doing, or they are both acting together to make working people’s lives harder."
"This Tory Government’s decision to close Jobcentres across the country shows they are not serious about helping people to find decent, secure and well-paid work`."
Absolutely, the present government is not serious about doing anything to help people get into work. Debbie Abrahams` comments are also disingenuous given her support for austerity.
I also find myself in the unusual position where I am unsympathetic with the Job Centre workers who are threatened with the loss of their jobs.
Like others, I cannot help but remember their jobs depended on persecuting the disabled, the long term sick, the single parents, the elderly and others who could not find work. Any excuse was to be sanctioned, and that is exactly what the Job Centre staff did.