Public meeting held in 
a bid to save job centres

Stewart MacDonald MSP
Stewart MacDonald MSP

A SNP MP hosted the first in a series of public meetings in an attempt to save Glasgow job centres.

Stewart McDonald, MP for Glasgow South, was joined by the PCS Union at Castlemilk Community Centre as they discussed plans to oppose the closures of the job centre in Castlemilk.

The meeting took place in response to the UK Government’s announcement in December that it plans to close half of the job centres across Glasgow.

The DWP proposals – part of the ‘People and Locations’ programme announced in the autumn statement last year – would result in eight of Glasgow’s 16 job centres closing down, a quarter of which lie in the MP’s Glasgow South constituency.

It would also impact on approximately 68,000 people who are in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment Support Allowance and Universal Credit.

Stewart McDonald said: “I am deeply concerned about the planned closures to job centres across the city and that will hit many hard-pressed families.

“The meeting ensured my constituents across Glasgow know we are doing all we can to hold this government to account.

“It also gives them a chance to voice their concerns about these callous and disproportionate cuts.”

Lynn Henderson PCS national officer said: “The proposal to close half of the job centres in Glasgow is nonsensical.

“If they go ahead they will have a devastating impact on the worst socio-economic areas in the City of Glasgow.

“Our very clear view is that DWP needs to pause on these proposals and subject them to both parliamentary and public scrutiny.”

The next meeting takes place today (Thursday) at Langside Parish Church.