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Andover Job Centre set to move

Job Centre Plus in London Street, Andover (image courtesy of Google)

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is relocating Andover Job Centre to the Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC) offices in Andover in February 2018.

They will be based in the Beech Hurst offices alongside other public sector partners such as the NHS and Hampshire County Council.

A spokesperson for TVBC said “This is an opportunity that we progressed through the wider Hampshire One Public Estate (OPE) programme. The OPE is an initiative which aims to encourage local and central government, along with public sector partners, to work together locally and provide a more integrated and customer-focused service.”

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published more details on the future of DWP jobcentres.

Damian Hinds, Minister for Employment, said: “We will always make sure that people have the support they need to get into and progress within work. These changes reflect the fact that more people access their benefits online resulting in many of our buildings being underused.

The changes DWP is making to its estate across the country will offer a more efficient service, and deliver good value for the taxpayer.”

Claimants will be informed in advance of the closures and jobcentre work coaches will provide help and assistance to them during the mergers.”