A job centre is set to close within months after the DWP announced its plans to 'phase out' the use of the building. 

The JobCentre Plus in High Wycombe town centre is due to shut in February 2024. 

The DWP job centre took over the vacant building at 31-32 High Street in 2021 during the Covid pandemic. 

A DWP spokesperson commented the closure decision: “We no longer need the temporary space we acquired during the pandemic to accommodate social distancing.

Bucks Free Press: The ground and first floors were refurbished in 2021The ground and first floors were refurbished in 2021 (Image: Rightmove/ART Surveyors)

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"To continue providing our essential employment support and other services in a way that is cost efficient for the taxpayer, we are phasing out these temporarily leased sites and staff and all customer services will return to the nearby established jobcentre.

“The closing of these temporary sites will not reduce our levels of service, or access to face-to-face appointments. Customers will return to being served by their established jobcentre and there will be no reduction in the number of work coaches serving customers as a result.”

Now the leasehold of the building is up for sale with a price tag of £750,000 after the DWP vacates the building early next year or sooner depending on arrangements. 

Bucks Free Press: The refurbished staff kitchenThe refurbished staff kitchen (Image: Rightmove/ART Surveyors)

The 7,793 sq.ft. newly refurbished space comprising the ground and first floor could be turned into a shop or it could offer financial, professional, leisure or business services, the Rightmove advertisement said.

The building boasts new air conditioning and WCs, disabled access, staff room and kitchen and parking at the rear of the building.

High Wycombe Jobcentre on Oxford Road remains open as usual. 

Bucks Free Press: Car parking is included in the purchase of the leaseholdCar parking is included in the purchase of the leasehold (Image: Rightmove/ART Surveyors)