New Jobcentre Plus outreach service to start in Mid Sussex

PR2363/KS/MF - 25/06/2021

Mid Sussex District Council is supporting Jobcentre Plus in their bid to bring employment and benefits advice to the heart of local communities in Mid Sussex.

The new initiative was officially launched by Mims Davies MP at the Bentswood Community Hub on Friday 25 June. The Hub is managed by Sussex Clubs for Young People, on behalf of Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group, and works to support local community activities, with employment and training support, youth social action projects and digital inclusion sessions.

Jobcentre Plus is providing the new employment surgeries at community venues in Bentswood, Haywards Heath and in Burgess Hill, making it much more convenient for people to access the support they need to return to work.

The sessions will provide a chance to discuss work and training opportunities, obtain advice about completing application forms, support with applying for jobs online, clarify the rules and conditions for claiming Universal Credit and to find out more information on the latest Jobcentre Plus initiatives. Mid Sussex District Council will complement the Job Centre support with additional employment services to help those who are not in receipt of Universal Credit back into employment.

Due to social distancing requirements, all sessions will be by appointment only. Anyone who is interested in attending can book a slot by emailing haywardsheathjobcentre@dwp.gov.uk

Councillor Ruth de Mierre, Mid Sussex District Council Cabinet Member for Customer Services said:

“The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on the UK economy and it has been difficult to witness first-hand the distress that losing a job has caused to members of our community.

“Thankfully the Government has provided much needed financial support, which has helped us to weather the worst of the storm and we can now look to build back better for the future.

“Projects like this one from Jobcentre Plus, which is in the heart of the community, will remove barriers and help more people back into employment. We are committed as a Council to supporting this initiative, aiding the recovery of our local economy and bouncing back strongly after this awful pandemic."

Employment Minister Mims Davies MP said:

“At DWP we’re committed to ensuring that people in Mid Sussex and right across the country have the local access to the support they need to get back into work and really progress.

“These new employment surgeries with DWP Work Coaches will provide tailored assistance to local jobseekers, importantly helping them into the training and work opportunities best for them. And through our Plan for Jobs, we’re continuing to boost job prospects in all corners of the country, like Mid Sussex, as we push to build back better.”

David Hughes, Haywards Heath Jobcentre Manager said:

“We hope to reach into our community with this service to further help people back into work. This will be a great opportunity for our customers to access the right support.”

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