Jobcentre to vacate Colchester High Street base

Essex County Standard: Jobcentre to vacate Colchester High Street base Jobcentre to vacate Colchester High Street base

COLCHESTER’S JobCentre is to move from its High Street base.

The office is to be relocated from the town centre to other JobCentre Plus offices in Chapel Street South, off Southway.

A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said there was no date yet set for the move, although it would happen later this year.

He said: “Moving to Chapel Street will enable us to deliver all of our services under one roof, while making more efficient use of taxpayers’ money.

"Given the close proximity of the two offices in Colchester town centre, the move will have little impact on customers or staff.”

See Friday's Gazette for more information.

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4:52pm Fri 7 Feb 14

All_talk_no_action says...

I'm sure the residents around Chapel Street will be ecstatic.
I'm sure the residents around Chapel Street will be ecstatic. All_talk_no_action
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6:26pm Fri 7 Feb 14

colcestrian says...

All_talk_no_action wrote:
I'm sure the residents around Chapel Street will be ecstatic.
It was in Chapel Street South originally before it moved to the High Street
[quote][p][bold]All_talk_no_action[/bold] wrote: I'm sure the residents around Chapel Street will be ecstatic.[/p][/quote]It was in Chapel Street South originally before it moved to the High Street colcestrian
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7:30pm Fri 7 Feb 14

All_talk_no_action says...

colcestrian wrote:
All_talk_no_action wrote:
I'm sure the residents around Chapel Street will be ecstatic.
It was in Chapel Street South originally before it moved to the High Street
Yeah your right.
I'm sure the pub will enjoy the extra trade
[quote][p][bold]colcestrian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]All_talk_no_action[/bold] wrote: I'm sure the residents around Chapel Street will be ecstatic.[/p][/quote]It was in Chapel Street South originally before it moved to the High Street[/p][/quote]Yeah your right. I'm sure the pub will enjoy the extra trade All_talk_no_action
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7:51pm Fri 7 Feb 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

colcestrian wrote:
All_talk_no_action wrote:
I'm sure the residents around Chapel Street will be ecstatic.
It was in Chapel Street South originally before it moved to the High Street
Yes you are quite right, the white tower looks like a block of vanilla sticking out of the sky.

Its the saddest place on earth well in this borough.

The other building they used opposite the Pol station next door to the County Court was another joke for the joke shops that is what they used to be called.

The only reason why they are moving back to chapel st is to create the fortress style of mentality they had back in the 80's here they can consolidate the boot boys to enforce their crap on everyone.

Its funny they used to be down stockwell street around the back of the hippodrome/liquid , it use to be called the Labour Exchange.
You used to sign on with polling style pasting tables.

I am really glad to see them out of the high street it will be good by and good riddance.

They wont like it going to lunchies having to walk down the subways.

The people who work in them are some of the nastiest bunch I have ever come across bar a few nice ones.

They say history repeats itself and goes around in ever decreasing circles.

the concrete s**Th**e is just what they deserve.....

I feel sorry for all of us that have to sign on in their!
[quote][p][bold]colcestrian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]All_talk_no_action[/bold] wrote: I'm sure the residents around Chapel Street will be ecstatic.[/p][/quote]It was in Chapel Street South originally before it moved to the High Street[/p][/quote]Yes you are quite right, the white tower looks like a block of vanilla sticking out of the sky. Its the saddest place on earth well in this borough. The other building they used opposite the Pol station next door to the County Court was another joke for the joke shops that is what they used to be called. The only reason why they are moving back to chapel st is to create the fortress style of mentality they had back in the 80's here they can consolidate the boot boys to enforce their crap on everyone. Its funny they used to be down stockwell street around the back of the hippodrome/liquid , it use to be called the Labour Exchange. You used to sign on with polling style pasting tables. I am really glad to see them out of the high street it will be good by and good riddance. They wont like it going to lunchies having to walk down the subways. The people who work in them are some of the nastiest bunch I have ever come across bar a few nice ones. They say history repeats itself and goes around in ever decreasing circles. the concrete s**Th**e is just what they deserve..... I feel sorry for all of us that have to sign on in their! A Very Private Gentleman
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3:40am Sat 8 Feb 14

ExPatMiddlesexer says...

Actually I can see the sense in this. The government has cut back on staff, resulting I'm sure in more room in a building they already have. So it makes sense to consolidate it.
Actually I can see the sense in this. The government has cut back on staff, resulting I'm sure in more room in a building they already have. So it makes sense to consolidate it. ExPatMiddlesexer
  • Score: 1

8:33am Sat 8 Feb 14

nick2480 says...

It makes sense really, as the DWP have stopped believing in people with a disability so move from a place anybody can get to by car or bus to a place with no parking or direct bus access, the nearest being at the bottom of Butt Road.
It makes sense really, as the DWP have stopped believing in people with a disability so move from a place anybody can get to by car or bus to a place with no parking or direct bus access, the nearest being at the bottom of Butt Road. nick2480
  • Score: 1

2:25pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Oliver Guiness says...

Chapel Street has never been a job centre before. It was a benefit office processing claims.

The actual reason for the move is that the High Street building is now owned Wille Gees who want to use it themselves.
Chapel Street has never been a job centre before. It was a benefit office processing claims. The actual reason for the move is that the High Street building is now owned Wille Gees who want to use it themselves. Oliver Guiness
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3:12pm Sat 8 Feb 14

colcestrian says...

Oliver Guiness wrote:
Chapel Street has never been a job centre before. It was a benefit office processing claims.

The actual reason for the move is that the High Street building is now owned Wille Gees who want to use it themselves.
I don't know how long you have lived in Colchester, but I think you will find that approximately 25 years ago the Job centre WAS in Chapel Street South.
Williams & Griffin are currently using the offices above the existing Job Centre as site offices / staff offices while they carry out their construction works.
[quote][p][bold]Oliver Guiness[/bold] wrote: Chapel Street has never been a job centre before. It was a benefit office processing claims. The actual reason for the move is that the High Street building is now owned Wille Gees who want to use it themselves.[/p][/quote]I don't know how long you have lived in Colchester, but I think you will find that approximately 25 years ago the Job centre WAS in Chapel Street South. Williams & Griffin are currently using the offices above the existing Job Centre as site offices / staff offices while they carry out their construction works. colcestrian
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3:21pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Oliver Guiness says...

colcestrian wrote:
Oliver Guiness wrote:
Chapel Street has never been a job centre before. It was a benefit office processing claims.

The actual reason for the move is that the High Street building is now owned Wille Gees who want to use it themselves.
I don't know how long you have lived in Colchester, but I think you will find that approximately 25 years ago the Job centre WAS in Chapel Street South.
Williams & Griffin are currently using the offices above the existing Job Centre as site offices / staff offices while they carry out their construction works.
Probably just definitions. A Job Centre is where you sign on as unemployed and look for jobs. A benefit office is where benefits are processed and you can query your benefit. Chapel Street was never a Job Centre. The other issue is that 25 years ago the two sides of this were different Government Departments. Also I was working in Chapel Street at the time.
[quote][p][bold]colcestrian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oliver Guiness[/bold] wrote: Chapel Street has never been a job centre before. It was a benefit office processing claims. The actual reason for the move is that the High Street building is now owned Wille Gees who want to use it themselves.[/p][/quote]I don't know how long you have lived in Colchester, but I think you will find that approximately 25 years ago the Job centre WAS in Chapel Street South. Williams & Griffin are currently using the offices above the existing Job Centre as site offices / staff offices while they carry out their construction works.[/p][/quote]Probably just definitions. A Job Centre is where you sign on as unemployed and look for jobs. A benefit office is where benefits are processed and you can query your benefit. Chapel Street was never a Job Centre. The other issue is that 25 years ago the two sides of this were different Government Departments. Also I was working in Chapel Street at the time. Oliver Guiness
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5:26pm Sat 8 Feb 14

stevedawson says...

Move them both round the corner and join the salvation army.
Move them both round the corner and join the salvation army. stevedawson
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6:27pm Sat 8 Feb 14

greenbroker says...

The whole idea of moving to the High Street was to 'reach out to the people' and to take the stigma away from unemployment. Now 'they are giving us another half-baked excuse for moving.
The whole idea of moving to the High Street was to 'reach out to the people' and to take the stigma away from unemployment. Now 'they are giving us another half-baked excuse for moving. greenbroker
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1:24am Sun 9 Feb 14

linton68 says...

Actually Job centre is a modern name born in Thatchers 1980s
Preveously it was called the unemployment bureau, and was in stockwell st,
Then it moved to the Crown building Chapel st, then opposite the police station, then angel court .
Actually Job centre is a modern name born in Thatchers 1980s Preveously it was called the unemployment bureau, and was in stockwell st, Then it moved to the Crown building Chapel st, then opposite the police station, then angel court . linton68
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1:35am Sun 9 Feb 14

linton68 says...

linton68 wrote:
Actually Job centre is a modern name born in Thatchers 1980s
Preveously it was called the unemployment bureau, and was in stockwell st,
Then it moved to the Crown building Chapel st, then opposite the police station, then angel court .
No not Angel court ... High st ( where it is now )
[quote][p][bold]linton68[/bold] wrote: Actually Job centre is a modern name born in Thatchers 1980s Preveously it was called the unemployment bureau, and was in stockwell st, Then it moved to the Crown building Chapel st, then opposite the police station, then angel court .[/p][/quote]No not Angel court ... High st ( where it is now ) linton68
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8:52am Sun 9 Feb 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

linton68 wrote:
Actually Job centre is a modern name born in Thatchers 1980s
Preveously it was called the unemployment bureau, and was in stockwell st,
Then it moved to the Crown building Chapel st, then opposite the police station, then angel court .
actually i think it was called the labour exchange when i signed on in 1976.
in stockwell street
[quote][p][bold]linton68[/bold] wrote: Actually Job centre is a modern name born in Thatchers 1980s Preveously it was called the unemployment bureau, and was in stockwell st, Then it moved to the Crown building Chapel st, then opposite the police station, then angel court .[/p][/quote]actually i think it was called the labour exchange when i signed on in 1976. in stockwell street A Very Private Gentleman
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5:23pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Hatpeg says...

The Dept of Employment and Productivity (Labour Exchange) was in Stockweel Street, and in the early 70's the service was split.
The High street site became a Jobcentre, dealing with jobs, training, passports, ACAS enquiries etc.
There were two Unemplyment Offices in Southway, each side of the road.
Eventually the two benefit offices were combined into one, with the Jobcentre remaining in the High Street.
In the mid 80's the services were combined again, and eventually both sites dealt with jobs and benefits.
Surnames were split by sit, A-K on one site and L-Z on the other site.
Southway eventually closed and all services, including benefits went back to the High Street.
The Dept of Employment and Productivity (Labour Exchange) was in Stockweel Street, and in the early 70's the service was split. The High street site became a Jobcentre, dealing with jobs, training, passports, ACAS enquiries etc. There were two Unemplyment Offices in Southway, each side of the road. Eventually the two benefit offices were combined into one, with the Jobcentre remaining in the High Street. In the mid 80's the services were combined again, and eventually both sites dealt with jobs and benefits. Surnames were split by sit, A-K on one site and L-Z on the other site. Southway eventually closed and all services, including benefits went back to the High Street. Hatpeg
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11:00pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Boris says...

In the 1960s it was definitely called the Labour Exchange. You went in there and took your pick from the many jobs advertised, the staff arranged the interview for you if necessary, but for many jobs you simply gave your name and they told you to start next morning. Unemployment was virtually unknown at that time. Wages were low, as now, but we had life easy.
Wikipedia says Labour Exchanges began with the Labour Exchanges Act of 1909.
In the 1960s it was definitely called the Labour Exchange. You went in there and took your pick from the many jobs advertised, the staff arranged the interview for you if necessary, but for many jobs you simply gave your name and they told you to start next morning. Unemployment was virtually unknown at that time. Wages were low, as now, but we had life easy. Wikipedia says Labour Exchanges began with the Labour Exchanges Act of 1909. Boris
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