The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the chief executive of Jobcentre Plus, Darra Singh. I have asked him to provide the right hon. Member with the information requested.
Letter from Darra Singh:
The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your question asking what recent consideration she has given to the provision of Jobcentre Plus services at locations other than Jobcentre Plus offices. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.
With the advances made in technology the way we deliver our services has changed and our channel strategy enables us to effectively deliver many of our services either by telephone or through the internet. However, for customers in need of tailored personal support, Jobcentre Plus continues to provide a face to face advisory service through our network of Jobcentres and a wide range of outreach locations.
We aim to make our services more accessible to customers by providing a range of support through outreach. Typically, advisory services can be delivered in partnership with Children's Centres, on Local Authority premises, or in conjunction with one of our Welfare to Work providers
To ensure these arrangements meet the challenge of the current economic climate we will keep our service delivery plans under review.
I hope this information is helpful.