Scottish Affairs Committee, House of Commons
On 7 December 2016, the Department for Work and Pensions (‘the Department’ or ‘DWP’) announced that eight of the 16 Jobcentre Plus offices in Glasgow were to be closed. This followed announcements in September 2016 of 18 Jobcentres throughout the UK moving or closing, October of nine and November of three.
Alongside the Glasgow announcement, the Government announced six other moves or closures and on 26 January 2017 the Department confirmed further closures throughout the UK to “streamline” the whole Jobcentre network. This was all part of a review of the Jobcentre and DWP estate across the UK with forecasted savings of around £180 million a year for the next 10 years.