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To: Damian Green MP, Secretary of State at the Department of Work & Pensions

Ask the DWP to stop the closure of Mountain Ash Jobcentre Plus

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Sandra Holliday
Ask the DWP to stop the closure of Mountain Ash Jobcentre Plus

We call on the Secretary of State at the Department of Work & Pensions, Damian Green MP to urgently reverse the decision to close the Jobcentre Plus at Mountain Ash in Rhondda Cynon Taff.

Why is this important?

This is important because:

• Mountain Ash and neighbouring communities who use the Jobcentre Plus at Mountain Ash have a high level of digital exclusion. The Jobcentre Plus provides vital support for the local population to regularly access job opportunities

• The distance between Aberdare and Mountain Ash does not take into account the distance some claimants already have to travel to attend the Mountain Ash office.

• The extra cost of travel must be taken into account and assurance given that no claimant will be out of pocket if this closure goes ahead

• Mountain Ash and its neighbouring communities are recognised as amongst the most deprived communities in Wales. This closure will be another blow to an already impoverished community.

• Many claimants suffer from ill-health, often including mental ill-health, and require support as locally as possible.

• This Tory Government decision to centralise facilities and take staff from local (and deprived) communities, flies in the face of the Welsh Government Strategy ‘Better Jobs, Closer to Home’.

This petition is organised by Welsh Labour Grassroots RCT & People’s Assembly RCT and supported by:
Mountain Ash Branch Labour Party; Cllr. Andrew Morgan; Cllr. Wendy Treeby; Cynon Valley Constituency Labour Party; Ann Clwyd, Member of Parliament; Vikki Howells, Assembly Member; PCS Union Wales, DWP Bridgend / RCT Branch; Accessible News, Aberdare and Disabled People Against the Cuts.

Mountain Ash, Rhondda Cynon Taff

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Reasons for signing

  • Jobcenters should be an integral part of a compassionate welfare state. The prospect of people not being able to access support or being sanctioned for failing to make some distant meeting cannot be allowed to stand!
  • This Jobcenter is necessary for Mountain Ash and surrounding areas!
  • To maintain a public service as close to the community as possible and minimise the amount of travelling for job seekers who are on fixed incomes


2017-07-20 08:10:18 +0100

100 signatures reached

2017-07-19 08:50:58 +0100

50 signatures reached

2017-07-18 21:12:55 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-07-18 17:49:17 +0100

10 signatures reached