Jobcentre Plus Offices: Closure

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:37 pm on 30th January 2017.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Shadow Minister (Exiting the European Union) 3:37 pm, 30th January 2017

The Minister has talked a lot about jobseekers choosing the jobcentre that works best for them. For many of my constituents, that is the one on Eastern Avenue, which she is proposing to close. She has talked about claimants who have to attend more than fortnightly, but does she not recognise that, even for claimants who have to attend fortnightly, she is imposing huge additional travel costs on those who can least afford them?