Jobcentre Plus co-location
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has given the go-ahead for the Coleford Jobcentre Plus services to be co-located with the Forest of Dean District Council at the High Street offices in Coleford.
The co-location, which is expected to take place early in Autumn 2017, will allow both organisations to provide a more joined up, face-to-face service for customers. By working more closely together, they will also save on overheads and reduce costs to the taxpayer.
The move fits well with the Government’s programme of welfare reform and will further support the delivery of Universal Credit, which went live in the Forest of Dean district from May 2015.
It is anticipated that all the staff who currently work at the Coleford Jobcentre will re-locate to the Council offices and will continue to deliver the same range of services. When the move is completed, the existing Jobcentre in Mushet Walk, Coleford will close. The Jobcentre Plus office in Cinderford is unaffected.
Nick Browning, the Jobcentre Plus District Manager said: “The relocation of our Jobcentre to the District Council offices in High Street, Coleford presents us with an exciting opportunity to work alongside a key local partner in delivering improved services to people in the area.”
Councillor Carole Allaway-Martin, cabinet member for housing and wellbeing added: “We have been in discussions with the DWP about this co-location for some time and I am grateful to everyone who has been involved in making this possible. This initiative will help local people gain access to all services in one place.”
Councillor Richard Boyles, cabinet member for finance, asset management and performance said: “As well as enabling co-located service delivery in Coleford for the first time, all taxpayers should be pleased to hear that we will be making best use of excess office accommodation at our Coleford offices and reducing both our running costs.”