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Jobcentre Plus

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what Jobcentre Plus offices there are in each region; (198771)

(2) how many Jobcentre and Jobcentre Plus offices there were in each year since 1997.

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 28 April 2008:

The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your questions asking what Jobcentre Plus offices there are in each Region and how many Jobcentre and Jobcentre Plus offices there were in each year since 1997. This is something which falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as chief executive of Jobcentre Plus.

The Jobcentre Plus estate comprises not only Jobcentres, but also Benefit Delivery Centres, Contact Centres, Regional Offices and a number of Medical Examination Centres. The table below shows the total number of Jobcentre Plus offices in each Jobcentre Plus region in England and the countries of Scotland and Wales as at 1 April 2008.

Region

Offices

East of England

80

East Midlands

67

London

102

North East

52

North West

136

Scotland

117

South East

99

South West

99

Wales

85

West Midlands

90

Yorkshire and the Humber

85

Total England and Wales

1,012

I am only able to provide information on the number of Jobcentre and Jobcentre Plus offices in our network from April 2002, when Jobcentre Plus was created by the merger of the former Employment Service and Benefits Agency.

The transformation of the inherited estate of around 1,500 offices is illustrated in the following table. The creation of the modern network of Jobcentre Plus offices involved the closure and disposal of a number of less suitable offices. The transformed Jobcentre Plus offices are the high street network of modern, open plan integrated offices and the non transformed Jobcentres are the original Jobcentres, which did not provide the integrated jobseeker and benefit administration service.

Date

Total number of transformed Jobcentre Plus offices

Remaining number of non transformed Jobcentres

31 March 2003

211

1272

30 April 2004

437

935

31 May 2005

551

691

31 March 2006

775

251

31 March 2007

854

44

2 April 2008

862

10