The Dagenham Jobcentre Plus is still under threat of being moved from Chequers Lane to Barking, five miles away. This month the local Trades Union Council will be protesting against the move in support of the concerns already raised by local MP Jon Cruddas. On 20th November you can add your voice of opposition by attending a protest outside Dagenham Jobcentre at 12:00pm.

Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham, raised concerns about this move earlier in the year, highlighting the implications it will have on his constituents by writing to Damian Hinds MP.

The proposed closure of the Dagenham Jobcentre was confirmed recently by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). The closure, which was announced in January, advised the Dagenham and Barking jobcentre offices to merge to provide, as they comment, “a more efficient service.” This merger will bring the Barking offices from 44 percent capacity to over 90 percent, along with some employees moving from East Ham.

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. Similarly the Jobcentre in Hornchurch is set to close leaving Romford Town Centre as the closest service for residents of Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park. Jon Cruddas MP was outraged at the proposals and sought to discuss the plans with the Minister for Employment and the DWP.