Cotswolds jobseekers to benefit from Jobcentre Plus relocation


Jobseekers in and around the town of Cirencester have been informed that their local Jobcentre Plus will be moving at the start of next year.

At present, jobseekers looking for new employment opportunities in the town, along with claimants picking up benefits, including the newly-launched Universal Credit payments, do so at the existing location in Southway.

Now, however, it has been confirmed that the central Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has given its blessing to a planned move, designed to cut back on overheads.

Under the new plans, the Jobcentre Plus will be relocated to the headquarters of the Cotswold District Council, with all advisors to be moved over the first few weeks of 2016.

Move will 'improve services', including Universal Credit

Announcing the news, the head of the Cirencester job centre noted that the move will not only save on taxpayers' money, but it will also make the whole process of finding and getting a new job, and of claiming benefits, more straightforward and efficient.

Indeed, speaking to the local Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard, manager Nick Browning explained that the move was an "exciting opportunity to work alongside a key local partner in delivering improved services to people in the area, and will support the future delivery of Universal Credit to Cotswold customers".

This comes as one other local Jobcentre Plus office is celebrating making the job-seeking experience easier and more efficient for its clients.

The Gosport office, located just outside of Portsmouth, has reported encouraging figures, revealing that it has helped not just jobseekers but also budding entrepreneurs chase their dreams.

Making use of the New Enterprise Allowance Scheme, the Jobcentre Plus has followed the lead of offices up and down the country in offering grands to local people in order to help them get their small business off the ground.




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