Labour leader joins Jobcentre closure campaign

Kezia Dugdale joins local campaign to stop closures of jobcentres. L-R: Johann Lamont MSP, Kezia Dugdale MSP, Steven Livingston, Cllr Archie Graham.
Kezia Dugdale joins local campaign to stop closures of jobcentres. L-R: Johann Lamont MSP, Kezia Dugdale MSP, Steven Livingston, Cllr Archie Graham.

The local campaign to save Langside Job Centre from closure received a boost this week as Kezia Dugdale, leader of the Scottish Labour Party, joined local council candidate Steven Livingston, Councillor Archie Graham and local campaigners in Langside to rally support against the closure.

Steven Livingston said: “It was great to have Kez campaign alongside us as we continue our fight to save Langside Jobcentre.

“Our local Jobcentre is vital for helping people in our community find work. We have one of the most densely populated wards in Scotland so it’s important that we retain Langside Jobcentre in order to serve the local population.

“It’s clear that the Tory Government have put no thought or logic into cutting half of the Jobcentres in Glasgow. This is purely a cost cutting exercise brought on by the fact that the PFI contract agreed in 1998 is coming to an end.

“These cuts will undoubtedly adversely affect those least well-off and most vulnerable in our communities.”

Kezia Dugdale said: “The Tory government should be making it easier to get into the jobs market, not harder. Closing these centres would be completely counter-productive and see more of our most vulnerable slip through the social security safety net.

“At a time when the Tories are cutting social security and introducing sanctions for low-paid workers, its reckless at best and perverse at worst for the Government to close so many Jobcentres.

“The Tories used to tell people to get on their bike to find work. Well, this move won’t make it any easier to help anyone else into work and these closures are focused on some of the most deprived communities in Scotland – forcing extra travel costs on some of our poorest.

“We still face a major jobless crisis in Scotland. The solution is not to cut off opportunities; it is to offer a helping hand to those who want to find work.

Ms Dugdale is the latest to join the growing campaign to save the centre, with hundreds of signatures collected by Livingston and Graham.