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Jobcentre Plus: Closures

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the administrative cost of the Jobcentre Plus closure programme was in each of the last five years; (251468)

(2) what savings were achieved by the Jobcentre Plus closure programme in each of the last five years;

(3) what the cost of running the Nairn Jobcentre Plus office was in each of the last five years before it was closed.

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 questions asking; what the administrative cost of the Jobcentre Plus closure programme was in each of the last five years; what savings were achieved by the Jobcentre Plus closure programme in each of the last five years; and what the cost of running the Nairn Jobcentre Plus office was in each of the last five years before it was closed. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Acting Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.

The costs of running the Nairn Jobcentre in 2004/5, the last full year of operation, were approximately £200,000. Costs for earlier years are unavailable. The available information on administrative costs and savings from office closures is in the following tables.

Disposal costs from office closures

£ million

2003-04

0

2004-05

1

2005-06

17

2006-07

24

2007-08

21

Total

63

Note:

All figures rounded to the nearest million.

Source:

NAO report February 2008, Jobcentre Plus reports.

Savings arising from office closures including any savings arising from new investment to existing estate for modernisation

£ million

2004-05

23

2005-06

34

2006-07

51

2007-08

40

Total

148

Note:

All figures rounded to the nearest million.

Source:

Jobcentre Plus reports for the DWP Office of Government Commerce (OGC) Return.