Unemployment in the UK

Part of Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 7:45 pm on 7th October 2008.

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Photo of Albert Owen Albert Owen Labour, Ynys Môn 7:45 pm, 7th October 2008

The Secretary of State is right to praise the role played for many years by Jobcentre Plus and the jobcentres in getting people back to work and tailoring support to their needs. However, even at a time when the economy is so precarious, there is a proposal to close some jobcentres in my constituency and in four other areas in Wales. Will he take that proposal on board? Will he meet me, or instruct the area managers to withhold or suspend the proposed closures at this important juncture? People need the extra support that the centres give, especially in areas of historically high unemployment

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