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Jobcentre Plus

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what account the business plan of Jobcentre Plus for 2009-10 has taken of the measures proposed in the Welfare Reform Bill. (268411)

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 account the business plan of Jobcentre Plus for 2009-10 has taken of the measures proposed in the Welfare Reform Bill. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Acting Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.

The Department regularly reviews the capacity and capability of Jobcentre Plus to deliver effectively the full range of services it is responsible for. During the economic downturn Jobcentre Plus has a critical role to play in supporting people getting back into work and I believe it is well placed to do so.

In 2009-2010 Jobcentre Plus will deliver further Government welfare reforms to help people find and stay in work, working in partnership with other organisations and developing our services for customers. As any new measures are introduced by the Government, Jobcentre Plus will ensure it has the capacity to deliver these. We take account of such new requirements when we assess our workforce, estates and IT capacity as part of our regular planning.

Our plans for the year ahead will be set out in more detail in the Jobcentre Plus Business Plan 2009/2010 which is due to be published in May.