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 Patrick Grady Patrick Grady SNP Chief Whip 11:21 am, 6th July 2017

I have porridge for my breakfast, Mr Speaker, with just a little bit of salt in it, like my granny taught me.

The Secretary of State said that people will not be sanctioned if they make reasonable efforts. Who will judge what is a reasonable effort? Constituents of mine in Maryhill now face a six-mile round trip, with all the expensive bus routes and potential delays that that entails. He keeps saying that Glasgow has far more jobcentres per head of population. What does that mean for the remaining jobcentres in Glasgow? Will he guarantee that Springburn jobcentre will not close? Will he meet his Scottish Government counterparts before any further decisions are taken?