The Government should pilot a neighbourhood-based employment service across the Liverpool City Region to compensate for the proposed Job Centre closures, Steve Rotheram MP will say today.
Labour’s Metro Mayor Candidate will deliver the opening speech during a parliamentary debate on ‘Poverty in the Liverpool City Region’ in which he will set out a series of demands to the Minister of State for Employment, Damian Hinds MP.
The Walton MP recently slammed Government plans to close 8 Job Centres across the City Region, insisting it will put barriers in the way for people who are trying their best to find work.
Mr Rotheram will call on the Minister to run a pilot scheme, which involves utilising current infrastructure to provide a local employment service.
In the debate, Steve Rotheram will say:
“Just recently I received a letter from the Minister informing me of two proposed Job Centre closures in my constituency.
“Closing a Job Centre and relocating it miles away will actually create further barriers for local people trying their best to find work.
“Maybe when he sums up the Minister might explain why this Government is consistently putting obstacles in the way for people who are trying their best to find work?
“Will the Minister agree to work with me to run a pilot scheme in the Liverpool City Region where we use some of our libraries, one-stop shops and community centres to provide a neighbourhood service to help people into employment?”
Speaking about the request, the MP added:
“The Department for Work and Pensions are closing Job Centres in the Liverpool City Region which will create problems for local people trying their best to find work. It has a habit of shutting down Job Centres and forcing individuals to travel even further to seek help with employment opportunities, which is why I am providing the Government with the opportunity to run a pilot scheme that could help thousands of jobseekers.
“The proposed Job Centre closures are a sign of the contradictory attitude from this Tory Government in relation to the devolution agenda as, on the one hand it says devolution deals and Metro Mayors will help tackle employment issues and the issues facing people who want to work. Yet on the other hand they are consistently creating barriers for those who want to apply for job opportunities. It just doesn’t make sense.”