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Challenge proposal to close 50% of jobcentres in Glasgow

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Reconsider the closure of 8 jobcentres in Glasgow, especially in areas of high deprivation. Closures will have a detrimental impact on 68,000 people in receipt of jobseeker's allowance, employment and support allowance and universal credit.

Single parent families and other people vulnerable to poverty will have to spend more time and money travelling to jobcentre outwith their community. Posing difficult challenge to those with caring responsibilities. 

  • The number of parents that will require jobcentre contact is likely to increase due to parents having to return to paid employment when they’re youngest child is 3 years or above.
  • Under Universal Credit more people that are already in paid employment will have to attend work coach interviews if they are working less than 35 hours per week (less than 16 hours if youngest child 12 or under).
  • Cost and time implication of parents having to travel even further to their nearest jobcentre is likely to result in an increase of sanctions.
  • Increased stress of having to pay bus fares out of limited income and arrive in time when a child may only be in nursery for a 3 hours and 10 minutes and/or have impact on caring responsibilities.
  • Already inadequate social security benefits exacerbate the fear of being sanctioned because many single parent families have no financial resources or safety net to fall back on. OPFS is seeing increasing numbers of single parents who are suffering from anxiety and depression associated with the fear of being sanctioned. Closures of local JCP offices will add to this severe pressure to single parents and other people vulnerable to poverty.

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