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Patsy McGlone 24th October 2017

McGlone: Life Line to Local Social Security Offices Welcome

SDLP MLA Patsy McGlone has welcomed news that the Social Security Offices in Cookstown will remain open to deliver the work of introducing Universal Credit.

The Mid Ulster MLA said, "Staff have been working under a cloud of threatened closure and this will be good news for them. The introduction of Universal Credit will take some time – so this decision will see the local facilities in Cookstown remaining open for the next number of years.

"Universal Credit is a complicated and unwelcome move and will cause many on benefits stress and inconvenience and this is the exact time that people need their local facilities and regular, friendly local staff to engage with.

"Local people were being threatened with having to make long journeys to get help and assistance and those being forced to travel long distances would often be those with little income or worse still under Universal Credit no income at all for a period of time.

"The Tory Party, aided by DUP and Sinn Fein have changed the landscape of benefits in Northern Ireland and whilst there may be some mitigation it is not guaranteed going forward. The least that could be done by the Department is this move to maintain local support in Cookstown which isn’t just welcome – it is the right and proper thing to do for local people."

 

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