Today the Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed by way of a written statement that Batley Jobcentre is going to close, alongside tens of others across the country.
The statement reads ‘Some smaller jobcentres will merge with larger ones, and others will be co-located with local government premises’.
The Government announced plans to close one in ten Jobcentres earlier this year, the plans were met with opposition and the DWP has been consulting on their plans.
Services currently provided by Batley Jobcentre will be moved to Dewsbury Jobcentre.
The DWP committed to a public consultation for offices over three miles and 20 minutes away by public transport. There was no public consultation on the proposal to close Batley Jobcentre as the proposed move to merge with Dewsbury Jobcentre is approximately 1.9 miles away and 19 minutes by public transport, the Department claims.
Batley & Spen’s MP Tracy Brabin has commented saying;
“The confirmation Batley Jobcentre is closing is deeply disappointing to me and the hundreds who rely on it to find work.
“This Government has let us down once again; they haven’t listened to the concerns of local people and even refused to hold an individual consultation into the impact of this closure.
“Residents will rightly draw the conclusion that by closing our Jobcentre the Tories aren’t interested in helping the people of Batley & Spen find decent and secure work.
“The DWP still has big questions to answer including how they are going to support job seekers travelling to other centres and what provisions they’ll put in place so my constituents can still access the internet to look for work – I’ll be seeking the answers to those questions.”