Fakenham starts to Connect services

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Building work will get under way next week at Fakenham Connect to provide better services for customers.

The work, which starts on Tuesday, will enable the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to move in later this year.

North Norfolk Council’s reception moves to the area immediately in front of the public entrance today (Wednesday). There are no changes to the registrar’s area or the town council.

Under the proposals the DWP will relocate from Fakenham Job Centre in Norwich Road to Fakenham Connect. This will give the district council and the DWP the opportunity to bring services together in one location. It will also help to reduce the cost of services by sharing the building and ensure vital public services remain in the market town.

John Rest, cabinet member for assets said: “By making the changes to the building and working alongside the DWP it will make it easier for people to get the help they need and ensure we are making the best use of our assets.”

The work is being carried out by Thrower and Rutland and is expected to take eight weeks to complete with the new job centre set to open in November. Opening times remain the same during the work, 8.30 to 5.30pm Monday to Thursday (closed 12.30-1.30pm) and 8.30am to 4.30pm Friday (closed 12.30-1.30pm).

Julia Nix, manager for DWP in East Anglia said: “Moving Fakenham Jobcentre into Fakenham Connect will make it easier for claimants to access advice on jobs, housing, benefits and the introduction of Universal Credit, as it will all be under one roof. We are looking forward to co locating with the District Council and sharing facilities. This will mean we can improve the quality of the office accommodation for our staff and at the same time reduce costs to the taxpayer.“