In-person appointments for Universal Credit applicants will begin again next week across the UK.
The Manchester Evening News reports These face-to-face meetings are being held again after being canceled due to coronavirus regulations during the pandemic.
The latest edition of the LA Welfare Direct Bulletin on the gov.uk website. says: “The offices of the job center will restart personal appointments in April 2021 for all customers who need to be seen by their work coach.”
They started in England and Wales last week and will start again next week in Scotland.
The Ministry of Labor and Pensions also said: “Priority will be given to new customers and young people (aged 18 to 24) who are at risk of long-term unemployment.”
However, the DWP said customers only need to visit a job center if asked to.
Officials say the offices will continue to comply with existing Covid-19 regulations, the reports Daily record.
Meanwhile, the DWP has also announced that it has added more locations for new temporary employment agencies across the UK, including one in Aberdeen.
The temporary centers will be set up this year to meet the increased demand for services as a result of the pandemic that has driven unemployment soaring .
The new locations will provide services nationwide as needed.
They are designed to increase capacity to provide Covid-safe personal support so more people can get back to work.
The role of these temporary employment agencies will be reviewed as the economy recovers and social distancing rules are relaxed, officials say.
The full list of temporary employment agencies across the UK can be found on the GOV.UK website Here.