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Plaistow jobcentre closes today - with East Ham branch set to shut next year

PUBLISHED: 16:42 06 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:55 06 October 2017

The Plaistow jobcentre in Balaam Street (Picture: Steve Poston)

The Plaistow jobcentre in Balaam Street (Picture: Steve Poston)

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The doors at Plaistow jobcentre are set to close for the last time this afternoon.

From next week, staff and services at the Balaam Street site will be moving to the Canning Town and Stratford branches as a result of the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) plans to provide a “more efficient service”.

In addition, the East Ham branch in Barking Road is proposed to close on January 5, with those who use it set to be split between the Canning Town and Barking offices.

Claimants will be informed in advance of the closures and jobcentre work coaches will provide help and assistance to them during the mergers.

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.”

A DWP spokesperson added: “The changes we are making to our estate across the country will offer a more efficient service, and deliver good value for the taxpayer - saving over £140 million a year, for the next 10 years.”


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