March 27, 2008
Burnham-On-Sea job centre
shuts its doors for the final time
job centre closed its doors for the very last time on Wednesday
afternoon (March 26th).
Job Centre Plus premises in the High Street has shut down as part
of a cost-cutting "modernisation programme" by the Department
of Work and Pensions (DWP).
reported earlier this year how Somerset County Council had voiced
its opposition to the closure, joining town and district councillors.
Shortland, leader of the County Council, said: "Somerset
County Council is extremely disappointed about the Government's
decision to close this important Job Centre Plus office."
demonstrates a lack of understanding of the economic and social
realities of life in Somerset and is misconceived financially.
Any savings must be offset against additional costs to the public
purse and some of our most vulnerable members of society from
lost employment opportunities."
job seekers now have to use online services or travel to Bridgwater
or Weston to get information about vacancies.
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