DISABLED workers vowed to fight benefit office closures yesterday, warning that they will have a “devastating” impact on claimants.
The government proposals announced earlier this year, will see 147 Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) offices close by next March.
Speaking at the TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference, public service union PCS member Sian Ruddick told delegates that the closures have a disproportionate impact on disabled people.
Ms Ruddick pointed out that eight out of 16 centres in Glasgow have already closed. “
These are some of the most deprived areas with 40 per cent child poverty,” she said. “This will have a devastating effect on claimants with some now needing to take three buses to get to centres with consequences if they miss appointments.”
She also told conference how more disabled people will need to access the DWP with the roll-out of universal credit and urged delegates to oppose the closures.
Conference agreed to campaign with trades councils and others to fight the attacks on public services.