Job Centre Closure

AN MP has demanded government look at the local situation in Shipley before closing its Job Centre and merging it with Bradford.

Shipley MP Philip Davies said: “Shipley Job Centre has an excellent local rapport with the Salvation Army which is situated right next door to them, who provide extra help and support for many of the people who go to the job centre.”

The proposal is to move the Shipley office to Bradford's Eastbrook Court Job centre in Vicar Lane or to its office in Westfield House in Manningham Lane.

Government claim the national closure and relocation programme is needed as many people claim benefits on line. 

Mr Davies urged Works Minister Caroline Nokes to look at local circumstances before making any decisions.

He added: “Can she tell me what consultation will take place with the local community and the staff at the Shipley job centre to make sure any decisions that are taken are the right ones for my constituents and people in the surrounding areas?”

No decision is expected to be made for six months.

Ms Nokes said:  “Of course where services are located we are seeking to make sure we consult with our staff and local stakeholders and claimants to understand what is best for them. This is part of a process that is brought about because of the prime contract that expires in March 2018. It would be grossly irresponsible of us not to reflect on how we are making best use of our DWP estate, particularly when up to 20 per cent of it is underutilised.”