Last month the Government proposed to close the Dagenham Jobcentre on Chequers Lane, meaning the nearest Jobcentre for residents in Dagenham would be in Barking on Wakering Rd. Jon Cruddas MP was outraged at the proposal and sought to discuss the plans with the Minister for Employment and the DWP.
The Minister, Damian Hinds MP has responded claiming that the journey between the two sites ‘is just 15 minutes by train.’ Also explaining that it only costs £3.40 for a return journey.
Jon’s team have looked into this and there are four ways to get from site to site with the shortest journey taking 16 minutes, which comprises of a ten minute walk and a c2c from Dagenham Dock Station.
Jon raised concerns about the vulnerability of service users, and the general economic situation in the area. The response from the Minister’s office seemed more focused on achieving ‘maximum commercial advantage’ and delivering the ‘best possible financial deal.’
Jon Cruddas MP commented: “It just seems like more and more services are leaving the constituency, and are becoming harder to access for the most vulnerable. This is another example of a callous Tory government putting profit before people, and providing little in the way of hope for struggling communities across the country.”
Jon Cruddas has launched a petition to retain services at the Jobcentre in Dagenham. Please add your name by clicking HERE