City job centre to close in DWP review

A CITY-CENTRE job centre is to close as part of a UK-wide estate review by the Department of Work and Pensions.

Friday, 27th January 2017, 9:11 am
Updated Friday, 27th January 2017, 9:15 am
Some job centres across Edinburgh are to close. Picture; Jane Barlow

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

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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.”