Department for Work and Pensions Estate

Part of Women and Equalities – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2 February 2017.

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Photo of Gavin Newlands Gavin Newlands Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Sport) 12:00, 2 February 2017

Last week, the UK Government announced the closure of 15 jobcentre sites in Scotland, including the Lonend site in Paisley. This follows a proposal to close eight jobcentres in Glasgow, which was announced in December. Does the Minister agree that it is a dereliction of duty and an insult to those affected not to conduct an equality impact assessment in advance of these plans, given the hardship that they will cause to thousands of the most disadvantaged people?