City job centre to close in DWP review

Some job centres across Edinburgh are to close. Picture; Jane Barlow
Some job centres across Edinburgh are to close. Picture; Jane Barlow
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A CITY-CENTRE job centre is to close as part of a UK-wide estate review by the Department of Work and Pensions.

Staff and operations at the centre in South St Andrew Street will be transferred to High Riggs or Wester Hailes.

The Broxburn jobcentre is also earmarked to close, with its work transferred to Livingston.

Citizens Advice Scotland said the closures would hurt low-income families because they could not afford to travel long distances.

Edinburgh North & Leith SNP MP Deidre Brock said: “Sending people from such an easy-accessed, central location to the other side of the city just doesn’t make sense. We need to break down barriers to finding work, not build new ones. I’ll be seeking a rethink.”