Job centre on the move

A decision to relocate Girvan’s job centre from Dalrymple Street to the Carrick Buildings has been warmly welcomed by the local community and the area’s political representatives both at Holyrood and Westminster.

The current job centre closed its doors last month and has confirmed it will transfer its full range of services to Henrietta Street in the town.

After a consultation was carried out on the future of the service a move to co-locate with other local government services was reached.

Sandra Osborne MP said it would help tackle local unemployment levels.

She said: “The current difficult economic circumstances are making it very difficult for people to find work so it is important that agencies such as Jobcentre Plus play a full part in helping people to find any available vacancies for employment.”

“I have also received an assurance that the full range of services will be available at the new location and that all the current staff will move to Carrick Buildings.”

Ms Osborne was joined by Holyrood minister Adam Ingram who welcomed the news.

Mr Ingram said: “The one stop shop approach will make it easier for those seeking work as the job creation and employability courses are based at the Carrick Buildings which is very accessible and is served well with excellent transport links.”

Girvan and district community council chairman Alec Clark also welcomed the news saying it was good news that the centre was to remain in Girvan and that there had been no job losses with the move.