Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Public meeting about Deptford Jobcentre

There is a public meeting at the Albany on Thursday 9 July (tomorrow) about the plans to close the Deptford Jobcentre Plus. An online petition has been created - you can sign it here - and the Public and Commercial Services Union is running a campaign to save the centre.

Plans to redevelop the building, and the fact that the Jobcentre Plus lease expires in November this year mean that unless plans for the development are shelved and the lease is extended, it has to find new premises in Deptford. However the DWP is also considering closing it down and making its 'clients' go all the way to Lewisham or Forest Hill job centres to find job opportunities, interviews, help with benefits, form filling, box ticking etc.

At this stage it seems that the search for new premises is still going on, so hopefully there is still time to influence the outcome. The meeting starts at 7pm.

Thanks to Transpontine for the tip-off.

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