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Jobcentre Plus

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether Jobcentre Plus offices have designated maximum workload capacities. (291217)

[holding answer on 16 September 2009]: The administration of Jobcentre Plus is the responsibility of the Acting Chief Executive, Mel Groves. I have asked him to provide the right hon. Member with the information requested.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many Jobcentre Plus offices there are in each region; (291603)

(2) how many Jobcentre Plus offices closed in each region in each of the last five years.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the former Minister of State and the letter from the acting chief executive of Jobcentre Plus, Mel Groves, to the hon. Member for Putney (Justine Greening) on 21 April 2009, Official Report, column 650-52W.

In light of the current economic conditions and welfare reform changes planned for the next two to three years, a decision was taken late in 2008 to suspend the planned closure of 25 Jobcentres. Three small offices in London, where closure had been previously announced, subsequently closed in March and April 2009. No Jobcentres have closed since April 2009.