New Jobcentre open and ready for business

Bexhill Job Centre
Bexhill Job Centre
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Jobseekers in Bexhill are benefiting from improved facilities after the town’s new Jobcentre opened its doors.

On Monday April 13, the facility moved from its home of 65 years in St Leonards Road to a brand new base in Amherst Road.

The Jobcentre is co-locating with Rother District Council in a part of the Town Hall building previously used as the council’s customer contact centre.

The centre boasts a new digital hub, which jobseekers can use to search for jobs, while space is available for training and job interviews.

Helen James, customer service manager for Hastings and Bexhill for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), said: “Staff in the Jobcentre are very excited about working in an office which is designed to deliver a modern service to Bexhill claimants.

“Importantly, as from April 20 we’re ready to roll out Universal Credit, which will eventually replace six means-tested benefits.

“Also, claimants will benefit from having access to other community services, as the local authority is based in the same building.”

Malcolm Johnston, Rother District Council executive director of resources, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the DWP on this project.

“The new co-located Jobcentre not only fits with our SPACES initiative to decrease costs and increase partnership working, but will also help both organisations meet their aim of assisting residents who are out of work to find employment.”