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Jobcentre Plus: Closures

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a list of each Jobcentre Plus office that has closed in each year since 2002, including (a) the full address, (b) the date on which the office closed, (c) a description of the services the office offered and (d) details of the number of staff employed in the office prior to closure, broken down by type of staff; and if he will make a statement. (246625)

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 if he will place in the Library a list of each Jobcentre Plus office that has closed in each year since 2002, including (a) the full address, (b) the date on which the office closed, (c) a description of the services the office offered and (d) details of the number of staff employed in the office prior to closure, broken down by type of staff. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Acting Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.

Information is centrally available for the year that each office closed but not the actual date. The date provided is when the building is disposed of and ceases to be a financial liability to Jobcentre Plus. This can be up to 12 months following closure to the public.

The final date of closure of an office to the public is managed locally and will be adjusted to support a managed and gradual migration of the services delivered by that office to alternative locations. As a result of this gradual migration, there is no information available that details the services being delivered by an office immediately prior to closure, as well as the number of staff employed in each office prior to closure.

I have placed the available information in the Library.