Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Various locations
Public Administration And Defence
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Compulsory Social Security Activities
84.30 - Compulsory social security activities

750 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
6 July 2017
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 July 2018


Government Department, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), has announced plans to close 68 of its job centres. The move will result in the loss of 750 jobs. The DWP has said that some redeployment may be possible. There are also plans to open five new larger job centres, though the locations of the these sites have not been confirmed. The cuts are expected to take place over the forthcoming year. 

The Government justified the plans by arguing that more and more of the business nowadays happens online and that the cuts will offer better value for taxpayers. The PCS union argued that the changes would mean that the most vulnerable members of society would struggle to access the services they need. 


  • 6 July 2017: Metro
  • 7 July 2017: The Mirror


Eurofound (2017), Department for Work and Pensions, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 91631, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/91631.