No waiting: Pregnant woman 'evicted' from Cambs job centre
HUNTINGDON Job Centre has come under fire from a pregnant woman who was ejected from the building after being told she could not sit and wait for her mother. Kaley Tighe, 23, from Eaton Socon, said she was asked to leave and stand outside in the street on
HUNTINGDON Job Centre has come under fire from a pregnant woman who was ejected from the building after being told she could not sit and wait for her mother.
Kaley Tighe, 23, from Eaton Socon, said she was asked to leave and stand outside in the street on a hot day - despite her being six months pregnant.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), which runs the centre, said it was only carrying out its usual policy.
Ms Tighe, a payroll clerk for a company in Milton Keynes, told The Hunts Post: "When I walked into the job centre with my mother, I stood to the side of the door out of the way.
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"A kind lady could see that I was pregnant and offered me her chair.
"I thanked her, sat down and had been there for about 10 minutes when I was approached by the security guard. He first asked the gentleman sitting next to me what his business was in the job centre and he explained his situation.
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"The security guard then looked at me and asked me what my business was being in the job centre. I said I was waiting for my mother, who had actually nearly finished, and being six months pregnant and it being a hot day, I was resting, sitting in the chair.
"He told me that I had no business being in the job centre and I must leave and wait outside.
"I thought it was outrageous and made no sense - I wasn't in anyone's way. I wasn't taking up anyone's time and I wasn't using anything in the centre. The people around me looked as stunned as I was. One woman asked me if I wanted her to find someone to complain to, but at the time I was just shocked and I just wanted to leave - I didn't tell my mother what had happened until later when we were walking down the road because she would have been very angry."
Ms Tighe added: "I was disgusted with the attitude he displayed. It amazes me that a Government-run organisation can treat the public like this. Is this the future for my child who I am bringing into the world?"
A spokesman for DWP said: "When our offices are busy we ask anybody who has finished their business, or who is not waiting for help, to wait outside in order to make room for those who are waiting to be seen.