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Jobcentre Plus (Christchurch)

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

I wish to present a petition against the proposal to close the Christchurch office of Jobcentre Plus. The petition was signed by between 4,000 and 5,000 local people during the one month consultation period, which ends this week.

The petition states:

To the Honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled.

The humble petition of residents of Christchurch declares its opposition to the proposal by JobCentre Plus to close the office in Christchurch and to relocate the service to Bournemouth. The closure of this much valued locally accessible office which serves the people of Christchurch with dedication is unacceptable and will create unnecessary additional expense and inconvenience for some of the most vulnerable members of the local community.

Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your Honourable House urge the Government to intervene to prevent the closure.

And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will every pray, &c.

Since the launch of the petition there is a new Prime Minister who is committed to change. The people of Christchurch certainly hope that he will change the policy on this issue.

To lie upon the Table.