...but Jobcentre closure due to ‘severe weather’ slammed by councillor

...but Jobcentre closure due to ‘severe weather’ slammed by councillor

by Henry James (July 2022)

SKELMERSDALE North Councillor Neil Furey hit out at the closure of Skelmersdale Jobcentre on Monday, July 18 and Tuesday, July 19 due to the ‘severe weather warnings’.

Cllr Furey (pictured above, right) called the closure “sudden” and “ill-thought-out” and “inconvenient” for customers.

A sign placed on the Jobcentre window ahead of the heatwave stated: “Due to severe weather warning issued for Monday 18 and Tuesday, July 19, this office will not open on these dates.

“Appointments for these dates will take place on the telephone or will be rescheduled.

“If you are due to collect a voucher in person, you will be able to do so on Wednesday, July 20, or call 0800 015 2902 to make alternative arrangements.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.”

Skelmersdale North Councillor Neil Furey, said: “Despite very hot weather residents in Skelmersdale including myself went into work and children across the town made their way into school.

“However, it was deemed too hot for Skelmersdale Jobcentre who decided to close their doors to customers for two days.

“I find it inexplicable that the Jobcentre are incapable of keeping their offices open during very hot weather.

“This closure will no doubt be inconvenient for customers needing important face to face advice and support. These sorts of sudden and ill-thought-out closures do the Jobcentre and its staff no favours whatsoever.

“It would appear the Department for Work and Pensions desperately need a strategy to deal with a climate emergency to go along with their strategy to help people into work.”

A spokesperson for the Department for Work & Pensions commented: “The red weather alert, warning of a risk of illness or death among the fit and healthy, is unprecedented and we must put customers’ health first.

“All appointments will either be done over the telephone or rearranged.”

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