JOBCENTRE: Hitting most vulnerable

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Having read the views of our Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell about the closure of the Whitley Bay Jobcentre (News Guardian, February 9), I wish to confirm my support and wish him well as he strives to withdraw the closure of this extremely valuable facility.

Having experienced the depressing position of being unemployed in the past, although only for five months many decades ago, I relied heavily on the expertise and support of the local Jobcentre and appreciate the help I was given in order to become re-employed.

Mr Campbell is quite correct regarding the harsh sanctions inevitably to be imposed if people miss appointments due to these proposals, and the increased costs to the people in our society who are least able to afford them in travel, etc.

I believe this unfair treatment, which is being directed at some of the most vulnerable people in our society, will ultimately increase the number of cases of depression and allied ailments, and thus place further pressures on GPs, and the NHS locally.

As the local authority fights to implement real change in order to improve aesthetic changes in Whitley Bay we find central government frustrating any improvement.

What facilities are we to lose next?

Whilst I appreciate that the present proposals for the closure of the Jobcentre are probably a done deal, I wish to state my opposition to this proposal.

Jim Routledge

Whitley Bay