SNP MSP for Coatbridge & Chryston Fulton MacGregor has voiced his anger at the news that the DWP processing centre in Coatbridge town centre is to close.
Staff were informed this morning (Thursday) that they would be transferred either to Motherwell or Glasgow and that the building will close by the March 2018.
The MSP is due to meet with district manager Etta Wright on Monday and will be raising the subject with her, in particular the lack of notice that has been given to the staff.
Fulton MacGregor said:
‘I was shocked to hear that this centre is to close and that the decision has been taken without any consultation with staff.
‘The DWP staff there fought hard to retain jobs in Coatbridge when the decision was taken many years ago to close the job centre plus services, and now they face being uprooted anyway.
‘Following the decision to close half the job centres in Glasgow, this is just another in a long line of decisions taken by the Tories in London with no regard for the people involved, surrounding businesses and the local communities.
‘I will be raising this issue with the district manager when I meet her on Monday and will be writing to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to urge him to halt these summary closures of services throughout Scotland.
‘I have also been in touch with my colleague Phil Boswell MP and we are ready to support anyone affected by these decisions. I would urge anyone with concerns to get in touch.