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Date set for Dagenham jobcentre closure

PUBLISHED: 16:58 06 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:59 06 October 2017

Dagenham Jobcentre Plus in Chequers Lane

Dagenham Jobcentre Plus in Chequers Lane

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Dagenham’s jobcentre is set to close its doors for the final time in January.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has set a provisional closure date of January 19.

After that, staff and claimants will be relocated to the Barking site.

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.

“The changes DWP is making to its estate across the country will offer a more efficient service, and deliver good value for the taxpayer.”

Dagenham and Rainham 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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