These are the new temporary jobcentres in Leeds opened by the DWP to cope with increased demand due to Covid

Three temporary jobcentres have opened in Leeds to help struggling job-seekers get back on their feet in the age of Covid.

Friday, 23rd April 2021, 12:33 pm
Updated Friday, 23rd April 2021, 12:38 pm

The new centres will increase capacity to provide tailored face-to-face support in a Covid-secure environment and help support more people back into work and progress into new roles.

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It comes as the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) announced that face-to-face appointments are restarting throughout April for all customers who need to be seen by their work coach.

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A statement on the gov.uk website said: “Priority will be given to new customers and young people (aged 18 to 24) who are at risk of long term unemployment.”

But the department added that customers will only need to attend a jobcentre when asked to do so and that offices will continue to comply with existing Covid-19 regulations.

The new jobcentre locations in Leeds are:

- Temple House, Limewood Approach, Seacroft, LS14 1NH

- 123 Albion Street, city centre, LS2 8ER

- The Green Building, Kirkstall Road, LS4 2BT

Across the UK, 80 new jobcentres have been set up, with dozens more expected to follow.

Minister for Employment, Mims Davies said: "With more new, temporary jobcentres in place in the heart of our communities, we can support even more people impacted by the pandemic to find work and progress into new roles.

"We’ve already boosted our DWP Work Coaches by 10,000 – and with these new local jobcentres to operate from, we can drive forward our Plan for Jobs, creating fresh opportunity for people all across the country."