Benefits office change upset

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A SOUTH Yorkshire MP has complained about a decision to switch the office dealing with Job Seekers’ Allowance claims in his constituency from Barnsley to Glasgow.

Rotherham MP Denis MacShane called the move ‘deeply worrying’ and has written to Work and Pensions Secretary, Ian Duncan-Smith to complain.

Mr MacShane said: “The unemployed in my constituency and other areas of South Yorkshire dealt with from the Barnsley office will be as alarmed as am I that their claims are to be transferred north of the border where no official has any idea of the geography or needs of South Yorkshire.

“I am very concerned that with mounting unemployment in Rotherham, the change will put new difficulties in the way of those trying to find work and needing some help while doing so.”

He does not know whether jobs will be lost in Barnsley.