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Jobcentre Plus

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which Jobcentre Plus offices have had their hours of opening to the public reduced in (a) the last (i) six months and (ii) 12 months and (b) the last two years. (102423)

[holding answer 23 November 2007]: 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, dated 14 March 2007:

The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question about how many Jobcentre Plus offices have had their hours of opening to the public reduced in the last (a) (i) six months and (ii) 12 months, and (b) the last two years. This is something, which falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.

A total of 96 Jobcentre Plus sites have had a reduction in opening hours in the two years to February 2007. This information is gathered at a Jobcentre Plus district level, and is set out in the attached table, a copy of which has been placed in the Library.

I hope this is helpful.

ANNEX A: Jobcentre Plus—Offices operating reduced opening hours

6 months

12 months

24 months

Alton

Abingdon

Aldershot

Beccles

Aylesbury

Andover

Belper

Banbury

Ashford

Bermondsey

Blandford

Axminster

Harwich

Bletchley

Basingstoke

Highfields

Bracknell

Bishops Stortford

Lutterworth

Brixham

Bridport

Mildenhall

Chesham

Brynmawr

Penarth

Didcot High

Burnham on Sea Cefn

Petersfield

Downham

Mawr

Stowmarket

Market

Chard

Felixstowe

Colchester

Helston

Conwy

Hunstanton

Cosham

Hyson Green

Deal and Whitstable

Lampeter

Denbigh

Leiston

Dorchester Eastleigh

Llandeilo

Exmouth

Llandyssul

Fareham

Maidenhead

Farnborough

Milton

Gosport

Keynes

Harehills Ryedale

Netherfield

Havant

Newbury

Hayle

Oxford

Hucknall

Reading

Ilfracombe

Shaftesbury

Ledbury

Slough

Llangollen

Witney

Llanrwst

Woodbridge

Looe

Wycombe

Newbridge

Newport

North Ryde Petersfield

Pontlottyn Portsmouth

Central

Portsmouth

Prestatyn

Richmond (Yorkshire)

Risca

St. Ives

Saltash

Shanklin

Shaw

Southampton B

Southampton C

Swaffham

Tavistock Wadebridge

Wareham

Whitby

Wimborne

Winchester

Woolston

Ystrad Mynach

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Note:

Hertford (East of England) was operating reduced hours 12 months ago, but is now operating full-time hours.