Hoylake Jobcentre is facing closure following a government announcement that it is intending to close 1 in 10 Jobcentres across the UK.
The Jobcentre located at The Quadrant will close with the service moving to the West Kirby Concourse. Local MP and Shadow Work and Pensions Minister, Margaret Greenwood, pledged to fight the closure and said:
“This closure will make it harder for people in Wirral West to access employment support.
“The extra cost of bus fares to travel to the Job Centre will add to the financial difficulties many jobseekers face.
“I am particularly concerned about what this will mean for people with disabilities.
“The government says it wants to half the disability employment gap so that disabled people will be able to secure decent jobs. Closing Job Centres is the wrong way to go about doing this.”
[UPDATE 31-01-17]: Details of the proposed closure and public consultation can be found here.
Another blow to Hoylake?
Is this set to be another blow to Hoylake? Is West Kirby slowly becoming the local focal point for banking, public services and more? Or if the Jobcentre closure happens is it an opportunity to start new businesses and create jobs in the former Hoylake town hall (pictured above)? Have your say in the comments!