Proposed Closure of Darwen Job Centre – Have Your Say
DARWEN JOB CENTRE WILL CLOSE NEXT YEAR…
… If you don’t have Your Say!! The Proposals from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), are that Darwen Job Centre will close in March 2018 unless we send a clear message out to the DWP that we strongly object to this course of action.
This is the statement issued by the DWP on the GOV.UK Website… “This consultation seeks views on proposals for the future of Darwen Jobcentre and the delivery of service to the customers served by this office.
The Department for Work and Pensions does not own any of the property it occupies – the estate is managed under a commercial agreement that delivers fully serviced accommodation. On 31 March 2018 this national contract ends and the department must put new arrangements in place from 1 April 2018.
The end of this contract provides the department an opportunity, by 2018, to transform the way it does business by using the estate in the most efficient and cost effective way. This will represent value for money for the taxpayer and deliver a flexible, high standard service to our customers. A number of our sites are near each other and it makes good sense to plan a more efficient service delivery approach.”
We have the opportunity to respond and prevent this directive, so I call on all of you to Click on the Link below, and review the information yourself and make your views known. All the members of the Darwen Town Council are against this decision, and will do all that we can to prevent the erosion of our services here in Darwen – https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/proposal-for-the-future-of-darwen-jobcentre
The Consultation Document can also be viewed and downloaded here.
Darwen Town Council urges everyone in the Town to ‘Have Their Say’ on this decision, so please don’t think that we can’t keep this vital Local Service open, because together we can.
The consultation period begins on Monday 30 January 2017 and runs until Tuesday 28 February 2017 at 5pm. So please ensure you respond in writing before 5pm on Tuesday 28th February 2017.
Deputy Chairman – Darwen Town Council