|Issue 8 - November 1972|
Claimants Union visited Houghton-le-Spring Ministry of Health and Social
Security to inspect the premises and deal with a claim.
We found the place in a filthy condition. No toilets were to be seen, the cubicles were not soundproof and claimants making claims in the cubicles could be heard by us in the back of the office.
A letter stating we were giving them a five-star rating for being the lousiest SS office we had visited was sent off.
We received a reply stating that in the near future a new building was going to be built, with proper facilities. Until then a temporary building is going up which will be done out and cleaned when the building is finished. It seems to me that the SS should go ahead with the new building, and not waste money on extensions which will be of no use in the future.
It also seems that the prospects of work in the north-east are very good in the future, as this excuse for bad buildings and facilities seems to have been heard on visits to other SS officers. In fact it's beginning to seem like a very bad joke.
Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland, and Chester-le-Street Social Security will be revisited, and others in the north-east will be inspected.
The green leaves are falling
Who can they turn to
The SS do nothing
They gave them a pound
If you want to help them
They need every penny