MP's fury over Job Centre axe

PUBLISHED: 01:01 31 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:48 10 June 2010

EAST Devon MP Hugo Swire has responded angrily to the news that Job Centres in his constituency are to be axed. The East Devon constituency will lose all three of its existing Job Centres in Exmouth, Axminster and Sidmouth because of Government cuts, writ

EAST Devon MP Hugo Swire has responded angrily to the news that Job Centres in his constituency are to be axed.The East Devon constituency will lose all three of its existing Job Centres in Exmouth, Axminster and Sidmouth because of Government cuts, writes David Beasley.Mr Swire said: "I have called for the Department for Work and Pensions, the largest Whitehall bureaucracy, to reduce backroom staff while maintaining or improving the level of frontline services. Instead, the department has bought forward contradictory and irrational cuts."Contradictory because the Government claims it wants to get people into jobs through their 'welfare to work' policies. Now they are shutting the services that help people get a job. Many people use Job Centres at difficult times in their lives. Removing these services and, in effect disenfranchising them, will be a disaster for constituents trying to get back to work."Irrational because Exmouth, the largest town in Devon, loses its Jobcentre Plus office, while Honiton and Bridport maintain theirs."He said Exmouth had two of the most deprived wards in Devon - Littleham and Town wards."These are in the upper quartile of social deprivation in the country. Sidmouth is larger than Honiton, yet residents from Sidmouth and Axminster are expected to travel to Honiton. "I will be questioning the Government in the House of Commons on their contradictory and irrational cuts."This is just one more example of how the Government is attacking local services, particularly in rural areas. In Exmouth alone, this Government has "rationalised" Job Centres, magistrates' courts, police custody suites, sub-post offices and NHS dental services. Enough is enough!

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