Jobcentre Plus to be co-located with Council at Trinity Road
Release date: 7 October 2015
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has given the go-ahead for Cirencester’s Jobcentre Plus services to be co-located with Cotswold District Council at the latter’s Trinity Road headquarters.
The co-location – which is expected to take place early in 2016 - will allow both organisations to provide a more joined up face-to-face service for customers. By working more closely together as key partners, they will also save on overheads and reduce costs to the taxpayer.
The move fits very well with the Government’s programme of welfare reform and service transformation and will further support the delivery of Universal Credit which went live in Cotswold district from May 2015.
It is anticipated that all the staff who currently work at the Cirencester Jobcentre will re-locate to Trinity Road and will continue to deliver the same range of services. When the move is completed, the existing Jobcentre in Southway, Cirencester will close.
Nick Browning, the Jobcentre Plus District Manager, comments:
“The relocation of our Jobcentre to the Cotswold District Council offices in Cirencester presents us with an exciting opportunity to work alongside a key local partner in delivering improved services to people in the area, and will support the future delivery of Universal Credit to Cotswold customers.”
CDC Leader Cllr Lynden Stowe, adds:
“We have been in discussions with the DWP about this co-location for some time and I am grateful to everyone who has been involved in making this possible. As well as enabling co-located service delivery in Cirencester for the first time, all taxpayers should be pleased to hear that we will be making best use of excess office accommodation at Trinity Road and reducing both our running costs.”