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Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the capacity of his Department's local offices to assist people made redundant. (253034)

Jobcentre Plus is well prepared: it is increasing its staffing levels and ensuring it has the office and infrastructure capacity it needs to respond to the current economic situation.

For those under threat of redundancy, we are doubling the resources available to the Jobcentre Plus rapid response teams who offer immediate advice to affected employers and individuals to help them with their next steps.