MSP Joan McAlpine today welcomed new proposals set out by the Department
of Work and Pensions following a review of the services they deliver in
Sanquhar and Kirkconnel.

Under the new proposals, from October an outreach service will be
established in Kirkconnel Resource Centre on a Monday from 9.30 to 12.00
then from 13.00 to 15.30. Claimants would be asked to attend a Jobcentre
once per month and the outreach site once per month and would be able to
select either Dumfries or Cumnock Jobcentre. Attendance at a jobcentre
would be limited to a maximum of 3 times in the first 13 weeks of their
Jobseekers allowance claim being made.

Commenting, Ms McAlpine said:

โ€œI am pleased that the DWP has listened to the comments I made during
the consultation exercise and reversed its decision to remove all job
centre services in Sanquhar and Kirkconnel.

โ€œI welcome this announcement which should help reduce the traveling time
and costs for unemployed individuals in Kirkconnel who currently have to
make a 30 mile round-trip to sign on and access employment services in

โ€œI hope that the Department of Work and Pensions will soon be able to
provide a similar outreach service in Sanquharโ€.

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