Anger at job centre closure

JOB seekers in Burnham will soon lose a valuable service in the town after the Government announced the Job Centre will close.

JOB seekers in Burnham will soon lose a valuable service in the town after the Government announced the Job Centre will close.

The part time offices in High Street will shut, despite a 600-signature petition against the plans being handed to job centre bosses, when the news was first announced in June.

Now the Department for Work and Pensions has said it is finalising the plans for an alternative service in the area.

Employment minister Caroline Flint said: "Where offices are closing we are working with local authorities and other organisations to ensure those services remain in the community, for example in libraries or community centres."


You may also want to watch:


But now Somerset County Council has hit out at the closure.

Council leader Jill Shortland said: "The Governments decision shows a lack of understanding of the economic and social realities of life in Somerset.

Most Read

"Any savings must be offset against additional costs to the public purse.

"While we are working with Job Centre Plus in Burnham to look at alternative provision, we remain deeply concerned about the implications of this decision.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus