MP for Ochil and South Perthshire, Luke Graham, spent the day last Friday in the Perth Job Centre Plus to see first-hand the impact of the Government’s welfare reforms.
During the visit Luke Graham spent time with individual front-line staff, sat in on a work coach meeting, and also discussed the staff’s experience of any successes or issues they had encountered.
Speaking afterwards,Luke Graham said:
‘Universal Credit has not yet been fully rolled out in Perthshire, but it was still important to me that I met with the local Job Centre Plus to see for myself frontline preparations and experiences delivering a range of services.
Mr Graham also met with an outreach group at the Job Centre, who have worked alongside local charities to help youths in more rural parts of Perthshire get access to the Job Centre’s facilities, including LOGOS in Crieff, which Mr Graham asked to be extended across all parts of his constituency of Ochil and South Perthshire.
Finally, Luke Graham was interested to hear more about the facilities offered by the Job Centre to aid digital access and financial inclusion, and how the Job Centre work coaches worked alongside the local prison’s to help post-release integration and benefits access for prisoners.
Following the visit Luke Graham said:
‘I have been working on DWP issues since being elected, including raising mobility issues, work capability and PIP assessments directly with ministers on behalf of constituents. I have been happy that my team and I have been able to resolve the vast majority of those who sought help.
Perth Job Centre Plus is doing some really positive work helping people with training and financial management, I hope they continue to deliver these valuable services.
If any other constituents are experiencing any issues I would encourage them to get in touch with my constituency office and we will do everything we can to help resolve the issue for you.’