Jobcentre Plus: Closures

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:21 am on 6th July 2017.

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Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 11:21 am, 6th July 2017

My hon. Friend makes a good point. One could be drawn into a comparison of the records on employment of Governments of different sorts. I am proud of this Government’s record. We have an important role in supporting people in getting into work, staying in work and improving their position. I would prefer to spend the resources we have on doing that as efficiently and effectively as possible, and we would not be doing that if we were wasting £140 million a year on an estate that is no longer fit for purpose.