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Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the projected numbers of full time equivalent posts in Jobcentre Plus are in each of the next five years; when the projections were last revised; and what the projections were before that revision. (244216)

The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the acting chief executive of Jobcentre Plus, Mel Groves. I have asked him to provide the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Mel Groves:

The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question asking what the projected numbers of full time equivalent posts in Jobcentre Plus are in each of the next five years; when the projections were last revised; and what the projections were before that revision. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Acting Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.

Projections for numbers of full time equivalent posts in Jobcentre Plus are only available for the three years covered by the Department’s Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) 07. We do not have future information yet about the next CSR settlement. The table below shows the original numbers of full time equivalent posts in Jobcentre Plus projected in each of these years and how these numbers have been revised from November 2008 in light of the pre Budget Report statement. Numbers for March 2011 are under review and a firm figure is not yet available.

March each year

Original Projected Number

Revised Estimated Number (as at December 2008)

2009

65,453

69,000

2010

61,985

72,700

2011

58,529

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