LabourSheffield opposes the DWP’s closure of Eastern Avenue Jobcentre in Manor Top. The government have proposed that employment services and benefit advice should be transferred to Jobcentres in the city centre; either Cavendish Court or Baily Court.
70 jobs are at risk and Labour believe there are major questions about whether claimants will be as well supported by a newly reconfigured service potentially much further afield for claimants.
Cllr Leigh Bramall states: “I strongly oppose these proposals, as I believe they will have a damaging impact on how vital employment support is provided. There is a need for these services to be as close to people to as possible. The proposals do nothing for forming a serious joined-up strategy of how employment services should be run, and is yet another example from this government of financial short-sightedness"
Cllr Bramall goes on to add "I am concerned at the impact the closures will have on claimants - including increased travel times, additional costs, and accessibility issues – and am worried for staff who must be very anxious about their jobs. There are around 70 jobs in danger and in even if these jobs are relocated, and I sincerely hope they will be, it is taking a large amount of workers out of the local community at Manor Top and this will impact on the area and local businesses.
It is a bad decision by this government which will become evidently worse as Universal Credit continues to be rolled out, as people who are in work will have to attend interviews at Jobcentres.
I do not believe that these plans have been thought through. The Government needs to reconsider its proposals and I fully support the work of Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), Louise Haigh MP and the national Labour Party in their efforts to get the government to reconsider. And I want to give assurances that our Council will be lobbying the DWP hard for a rethink".