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Save Old Tree Court DWP Office in Plymouth

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We the undersigned call on the UK government to halt the proposed closure of the Department for Work and Pensions office at Old Tree Court in Plymouth.

Moving the bulk of the services delivered there to Roborough will have a devastating impact on staff, the local economy and the environment.

Approximately 350 back of office staff based at Old Tree Court could be forced to move out to Clearbrook House in Roborough by March 2018 or face losing their jobs.

The plans will add to traffic congestion in the area as more staff will be forced back into their cars due to poorer public transport provision. It will also affect residents local to the Clearbrook House site because of insufficient car parking facilities at the office.

Many staff will find journey times to work much longer and this will particularly impact those that have childcare or other caring responsibilities or are disabled. Some staff have already indicated that they will not find it possible to continue their employment if the move takes place. There has so far been no equality impact assessment made of the move.

The potential impact on the local economy is not to be underestimated as there are a number of shops, cafes and childcare providers local to Old Tree Court, that are used on a daily basis by staff.

We therefore call on Damian Hinds, the Minister for the Department for Work and Pensions, to keep these jobs in Plymouth city centre.

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