Glasgow job centres to close in 'disgraceful' UK Government cuts

  • Alfie Baron
SNP MPs are in a right tiswas today following an announcement that some Glasgow Job Centres are to close.

SNP MP Stewart McDonald has tweeted: "Half of Glasgow Jobcentres to close under UK Government plans". He followed up a little bit later with a tweet letting us know he was running off to have a word with @STVNews: "Off to speak with @STVNews about Tory plans to close half of Glasgow's job centres - including two in my own constituency."

Stewart McDonald is going to fight 'tooth and nail' to oppose: "Tories want to close both Castlemilk and Langside Job Centres in my constituency. I'll be fighting tooth and nail to keep them open."

Patrick Grady also piped up with the usual outraged language: "Disgraceful Tory plans put Maryhill Job Centre & 8 others in Glasgow at risk. Will be working with MP & MSP colleagues to oppose."

Even Anne McLaughlin popped up with: "A cynic would say the DWP are deliberately making it harder for people with disabilities to get to the Jobcentre."

SNP MP Carol Monaghan: "Deeply disturbing news of Glasgow Jobcentre closures. Tories using Scotland as guinea pigs for cuts."

There are eight job centres highlighted in various reports and SNP MP tweets. These are:

Parkhead (Norman House)
Bridgeton (Muslin Street)
Easterhouse
Castlemilk Arcade)
Langside (Battlefield Road)
Anniesland (Herschell Street)
Cambuslang (Main Street)
Maryhill Road

The DWP said there will be no job losses and Govan, Drumchapel and Laurieston offices will be unaffected.

Denise Horsfall, DWP Work Services Director for Scotland, said: "At the heart of everything we do is our customers, and we've made it easier than ever for people to access our suite of specialist services to find work and get the support that they need - whether that be in person, online or over phone.

"By bringing together a number of neighbouring Jobcentres we're continuing to modernise our operations while ensuring that our premises provide best value to the taxpayer."
SNP MSP Mark McDonald quits SNP in Sleaze Investigation
  • Alfie Baron

Aberdeen Donside MSP Mark McDonald has quit the Scottish National Party (SNP).

His resignations follows allegations of misconduct against at least two women.

McDonald resigned from the SNP with immediate effect - but will remain as an Independent MSP.