Jobcentres in Wembley, Kilburn and Neasden facing closure
PUBLISHED: 17:44 26 January 2017
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Three jobcentres in Brent are set to close under reforms by the government to tackle with “under-used” buildings.
The sites in Olympic House in Wembley, Cambridge Avenue in Kilburn and Chancel house in Neasden, are facing the axe with workers facing redundancy or being relocated to other jobcentres.
The Department for Work and Pensions say the sites are being underused as four out of five claims for Jobseeker’s Allowance and 99 per cent of applicants for Universal Credit submit claims online.
Jobcentres and benefit centres are covered by old building contracts which are now coming up for renewal after 20 years.
Some smaller jobcentres will be merged with larger ones, and others will be co-located with local government premises.
The closures, which union officials say will affect one in 10 job centres in Great Britain, are predicted to save the DWP £180million over the next 10 years.