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Jobcentre Plus

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department issues to Jobcentre Plus staff about advising couples that they would be better off financially if they separated; and if he will make a statement. (95396)

[holding answer 19 October 2006]: The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus, Lesley Strathie. I have asked her to provide the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Lesley Strathie:

The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question asking what guidance is issued to Jobcentre Plus staff about advising couples they would be better off financially if they separated. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.

I can confirm that guidance does not direct Jobcentre Plus staff to advise couples they would be better off financially if they separated.