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Archway job centre to shut, leaving staff and users to travel to Barnsbury or Finsbury Park

PUBLISHED: 16:34 17 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:34 17 July 2017

The Job Centre in Elthorne Road, Archway. Picture: Google StreetView

The Job Centre in Elthorne Road, Archway. Picture: Google StreetView

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The Job Centre in Elthorne Road, Archway, is to shut – leaving users and staff to travel to Barnsbury or Finsbury Park.

It’s part of a plan by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to save more than £140million a year for the next decade.

The branch, officially called Highgate Job Centre despite its location, is one of 68 smaller offices across the UK that will merge into larger or underused ones nearby. Staff from Highgate will go to Barnsbury Road or Medina Road.

The DWP says it wants to create a “more efficient and modern” employment service.Some 80pc of claims for jobseeker’s allowance and 99pc of applications for universal credit full service are now made online, it adds.

Employment minister Damian Hinds said: “These changes reflect the fact more people access benefits online, resulting in our buildings being underused.”

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