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Jobcentres: Kilburn

Volume 480: debated on Monday 6 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects the impact assessment on the closure of the Kilburn Jobcentre Plus office to be completed; and if he will make a statement. (221764)

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 respond to your question asking when he expects the impact assessment on the closure of Kilburn Jobcentre Plus to be completed. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.

As part of our continuing national review of Jobcentres, a proposal was put forward to close six Jobcentre Plus offices in London. Kilburn Jobcentre Plus was one. The review is a consequence of the development of alternative channels for our customers to access our services and the subsequent reduction in the number of customers who need to visit a Jobcentre.

In addition, there has been a shift towards a more individualised service for our most disadvantaged customers delivered in partnership with the private and voluntary sectors. This has increased outreach work, for example in Children's Centres and partnership with providers, particularly private sector led New Deal and Pathways to Work which are provided outside of our office network.

A seven week consultation exercise took place between 3 March and 18 April 2008 with a range of stakeholders. This included the completion of a Diversity Impact Assessment. We are considering the feedback from the consultation before making a recommendation to Ministers on the closure of Kilburn Jobcentre Plus.

Should a decision to close Kilburn Jobcentre be made, the Diversity Impact Assessment will be published on the Jobcentre Plus website.