Perth and North Perthshire MP, Pete Wishart, has written to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Damian Green MP, to seek clarity over the future of JobCentre Plus locations in Perth and North Perthshire.
Following the announcement that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are to close certain JobCentre Plus locations in Scotland, Mr Wishart is looking for a cast-iron guarantee that the UK Government have no plans to close such facilities in Perthshire.
Speaking today (Thursday 19th January), Mr Wishart said:
“For many people, JobCentre Plus provides valuable support in securing employment and for continued financial support whilst people are looking for work.
‘It is important the Secretary of State gives a cast-iron guarantee that JobCentre Plus locations in my constituency will not be included as part of the review of the DWP estate.
‘Due to the sheer size of Perthshire, people are already having to travel greater distances to access JobCentre Plus services than those in urban areas and I am looking for assurances that this is not going to be made even more difficult for people.”