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Hornchurch job centre to close later this month

PUBLISHED: 13:30 06 October 2017

The Jobcentre in North Street, Hornchurch, is closing on October 20. Photo: Google Maps

The Jobcentre in North Street, Hornchurch, is closing on October 20. Photo: Google Maps

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Hornchurch’s job centre will close its doors for the last time two weeks from today.

The Job Centre Plus in North Street was first earmarked for closure in January, and this week the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) confirmed it will be closing for good on October 20.

The DWP says the closure of 87 job centres across the country will not impact its support services, claiming the overwhelming majority of users now access them online.

It also claims the move will save more than £140 million of tax-payer money a year for the next 10 years.

Damian Hinds, Minster for Employment said: “We will always make sure that people have the support they need to get into and progress within work.

“These changes reflect the fact that more people access their benefits online resulting in many of our buildings being underused.”

Across the country, 15 job centres have already closed in August and September.

Rainham and Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas, who launched a petition attempting to save both the Hornchurch and Dagenham job centres, said: “It just seems like more and more services are leaving the constituency, and are becoming harder to access for the most vulnerable.

“This is another example of a callous Tory government putting profit before people, and providing little in the way of hope for struggling communities across the country.”

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