The outreach service being run by Jobcentre Plus across Wealden has been suspended.
Since Summer 2014 a Personal Advisor has been visiting venues across the district, including Crowborough Library on the last Friday of the month, to give information on finding work and benefits advice.
Now unfortunately the service has been suspended. A spokeperson for the Department of Works and Pensions has told CrowboroughLife that the member of staff has been moved onto other duties and JCP will re-evaluate the effectiveness of the drop-in sessions to see whether the service can be reinstated in the future.
Only in June Wealden District Council were proclaiming the service a great example of partnership working. At the time Councillor Roy Galley, Cabinet Member for Economic Development said:
The drop-in employment surgeries that Jobcentre Plus offer across Wealden have been an unqualified success. Making these services available to residents closer to their homes is a great example of Wealden District Council’s ongoing commitment to helping our residents who are looking for work and boosting the local economy.
The Communications & Regeneration team have said they are hoping to work out other ways we can help our residents. On Monday 9th November will be running a Careers Fair for people aged under 25 in Uckfield.
The drop-in sessions were held at the Council Offices in Hailsham and Crowborough, Uckfield and Heathfield libraries. Residents aged 16 and over have the opportunity to discuss work and training opportunities, get advice about application forms, clarify the rules and conditions for claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance and find information on Jobcentre initiatives.
Local job vacancies can be found on CrowboroughLife‘s jobs page.